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South Korea urges North to stop 'provocative' rocket tests

Published on Mar 17, 2014 3:49 PM
 
 SA-3 ground-to-air missiles being displayed during a military parade in honour of the 100th birthday of the late North Korean leader Kim Il-Sung in Pyongyang on April 15, 2012. South Korea called on North Korea on Monday to stop what it called "provocative" and potentially dangerous rocket and missile tests, a day after Pyongyang test-fired 25 projectiles into the sea.  -- PHOTO: AFP

SEOUL (AFP) - South Korea called on North Korea on Monday to stop what it called "provocative" and potentially dangerous rocket and missile tests, a day after Pyongyang test-fired 25 projectiles into the sea.

The rockets were fired into the Sea of Japan (East Sea), the latest in a series of launches that have sparked criticism from Seoul and Washington.

The North carried out a series of missile and rocket tests between late February and mid-March in what is seen as a show of force to express anger at the South's ongoing joint military exercises with the United States.

"The North should stop actions that cause military tension and unnerve its neighbours," Seoul's defence ministry spokesman told reporters, adding that "provocative action made without any prior notifications...can pose significant danger to sea vessels and aircraft passing by the area".

 
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