North Korea Fires Four Short Range Missiles into West Sea

This just came in from the YONHAP News Agency out of Seoul, South Korea:

… North Korea test-fired several missiles into the sea off the country’s west coast Friday….

The test, believed to be of Russian Styx missiles [range of 46 kilometers], comes one day after the communist nation threw out all South Korean government officials from the inter-Korean industrial complex in the North in apparent disgruntlement over the Lee Myung-bak government’s hard-line North Korea policy.

The sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the missiles were fired at approximately 10:30 a.m. [local time / 9:30 P.M. EDT Thursday]

They said the North was believed to have fired at least four missiles, but that the type could not be immediately confirmed….

A North Korean Navy vessel was detected earlier this week in the West Sea in what South Korean officials believed to be part of preparations for a missile launch.

Officials here earlier said the communist nation had declared a restricted area for two days in the sea, the site of two deadly clashes between the navies of the divided Koreas, but believed the North decided not to fire any missiles as the two days were only until Wednesday.

As of now it appears that this was nothing other than a test, but the defiance of North Korea in doing this just a day after throwing out South Korea’s officials is disturbing.

Done Reporting,

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