Officials: North Korea Launches Three Short-Range Missiles

Officials: North Korea Launches Three Short-Range Missiles (Image 1)

South Korea says North Korea has fired three short-range guided missiles into its eastern waters. Pyongyang routinely test-launches such missiles.

Defense Ministry spokesman Kim Min-seok says the North fired two missiles Saturday morning and another in the afternoon. He says the North's intent was unclear.

In March, North Korea tested two short-range missiles off its east coast.

U.S. officials say North Korea recently withdrew two mid-range missiles believed to be capable of reaching Guam after moving them to the east coast earlier this year.

The launches of short-range missiles come amid signs of diplomacy after weeks of warlike threats from North Korea.

Earlier, U.N. expert panel's report says North Korea is still trying to import and export nuclear and ballistic missile-related material but financial and trade sanctions are slowing progress on their prohibited weapons programs.

Key parts of the report, obtained Friday by the Associated Press, provide further information on North Korea's attempts to evade four rounds of increasingly tough U.N. sanctions aimed at reining in its development of nuclear weapons and the ballistic missiles to deliver them.

While the imposition of sanctions has not halted these programs, the panel said, “it has in all likelihood considerably delayed the (North's) timetable and … choked off significant funding.”


The report to the U.N. Security Council committee monitoring sanctions against North Korea recommends imposing sanctions on four North Korean companies and 11 individuals.

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