Monday, May 20, 2013

North Korea Test Fires Fifth Missile in Three Days Off Its Coast

North Korea fired its fifth missile in three days, demonstrating its military capabilities in defiance of global sanctions and diplomatic efforts to convince the totalitarian state to return to talks.

Kim Jong Un’s regime fired a projectile into waters off its eastern coast between 11 a.m. and noon today, South Korean Defense Ministry spokesman Kim Min Seok said in Seoul. The North, which launched a short-range missile yesterday after firing three on May 18, today said it is exercising its right to test-fire rockets as part of regular military drills.

The launchings follow months of North Korean threats that have moderated since U.S. and South Korea intensified diplomatic efforts this month to ease tensions and boost Chinese participation in global sanctions that target the North’s nuclear weapons program. The North has warned of nuclear strikes since testing an atomic device in February.