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North Korea Launched Five Missiles

File photo: Launch of a North Korean missile.

NKorea Sold 40 Ballistic Missiles
Washington (AFP) Oct 29 - North Korea illegally shipped 40 ballistic missiles to other countries in recent years, the New York Times reported Sunday, citing unnamed US officials. The officials commented on a Congressional Research Service report that cites US, Russian, Chinese and European arms transfers, as well as 40 surface-to-surface missiles sold in the Near East by "other suppliers" that were not named.

The newspaper said that White House and Pentagon officials identified that country as North Korea. The report covers a four-year period, which ended in 2005. International agreements to control the trade of ballistic missiles ban such transfers.

A US State Department spokeswoman declined to comment on the article for AFP. The congressional study also states that Russia is now the top arms supplier to the developing world, earning seven billion dollars last year selling weaponry to Asia, Africa and Latin America.

by Staff Writers
Seoul (AFP) Oct 31, 2006
North Korea launched five short-range missiles during military exercises last week, a news report said Monday. The missiles presumably had ranges between 10 and 50 kilometers (six and 30 miles), said Chosun Ilbo, South Korea's largest circulation newspaper, quoting an unnamed official. "North Korea last week fired five ground-to-air and air-to-groud missiles from its west training range," the official told Chosun.

South Korea's defense ministry declined to comment on the report.

The official said the launch seemed part of annual military training but that it was "rare" for North Korea to fire as many as five missiles.

North Korea has faced mounting international pressure following its first nuclear test on October 9, which led to sanctions imposed by the UN Security Council.

North Korea said the sanctions, including financial curbs and inspections on cargo in and out of the communist state, were tantamount to a "declaration of war."

South Korean media reported Saturday that suspcious vehicle and personnel activities were spotted again at North Korea's northeastern rugged area where the first nuclear test is believed to have taken place.

North Korea has medium- and longer-range ballistic missiles, believed to be capable of reaching part of the United States.

Source: Agence France-Presse

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