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North Korea confirms latest missile test on Sunday

Published on Jun 30, 2014 12:07 PM
 
This undated picture released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on June 27, 2014 shows Kim Jong Un inspecting the test firing of a missile at an undisclosed place in North Korea. North Korea confirmed on Monday its second missile test in recent days, ahead of a visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping to South Korea. -- PHOTO: AFP /  KCNA VIA KNS

SEOUL (AFP) - North Korea confirmed on Monday its second missile test in recent days, with leader Kim Jong Un overseeing the drill ahead of a visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping to South Korea.

The South Korean military said Sunday's test was of two short-range Scud missiles with a range of about 500 kilometres. A despatch by the North's official KCNA news agency was unclear about the type of missile, mentioning "tactical rockets" and "precision-guided missiles".

A few days earlier, a similar despatch had hailed the test of a new "cutting-edge" guided missile as a "breakthrough" in the North's military capability. Pyongyang has in the past made extravagant claims about its ballistic missile capability, and experts are divided as to how far the country has gone in developing its missile systems under UN sanctions.

North Korea carries out regular missile tests, sometimes for technical reasons but often as a show of force to register its displeasure with events elsewhere.

 
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