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North Korea slams South's missile test 'farce'

Published on Apr 6, 2014 2:50 PM
 
A US helicopter takes off from the USS Bonhomme Richard LHD 6 in the sea off Pohang on March 31, 2014. North Korea has slammed the South's recent ballistic missile test, calling it a "farce" aimed at showing off Seoul's military strength in the face of threats from Pyongyang. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

SEOUL (AFP) - North Korea has slammed the South's recent ballistic missile test, calling it a "farce" aimed at showing off Seoul's military strength in the face of threats from Pyongyang.

Seoul said on Friday it had successfully test-fired a new ballistic missile capable of carrying a one-tonne payload up to 500 kilometres, suggesting it could hit any part of the North.

The launch was carried out on March 23, just three days before the North test-fired two medium-range ballistic missiles capable of striking Japan.

A spokesman for the North's military heaped derision on Seoul's rocket test late Saturday, pointing to its range of "just 500 kilometres."

 
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