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North Korea defies UN censure to fire missile into sea

Published on Jul 27, 2014 11:23 AM
 
This undated picture released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on July 5, 2014 shows the drill of the Korean People's Army (KPA) ground, naval, air and anti-air forces for landing on an island at an undisclosed place in North Korea. North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un guided the military's latest rocket-firing drill, state media said Sunday, confirming the missile launch which was conducted in defiance of UN censure. -- PHOTO: AFP / KCNA VIA KNS  

SEOUL (AFP) - North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un guided the military's latest rocket-firing drill, state media said Sunday, confirming the missile launch which was conducted in defiance of UN censure.

Saturday's launch was the first since the UN Security Council on July 17 officially condemned Pyongyang for its recent series of ballistic missile tests, in violation of UN resolutions.

The North's state news agency KCNA described the missile launch by the army as a "rocket-firing drill" to simulate a strike on military bases in South Korea where 28,5000 US troops are stationed.

"(Kim) examined a firing plan mapped out in consideration of the present location of the US imperialist aggressor forces' bases... and under the simulated conditions of the battle to strike and destroy them before guiding the drill," it said.

 
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