North Korea vows further tactical guided-missile tests
Published on Jul 3, 2014 12:35 PM
SEOUL (AFP) - North Korea vowed Thursday to push ahead with further strategic guided-missile tests, defying international calls to curb its weapons programme as the Chinese president arrived in Seoul for a visit seen as a snub to Pyongyang.
"(North Korea) will continue to hold drills of launching high-precision tactical guided missiles," said a spokesman for the Korean People's Army (KPA) Strategic Force, calling the tests a "legitimate exercise" of sovereignty.
North Korea has conducted a series of missile tests in the past week - seen by some a display of pique with Chinese President Xi Jinping's two-day state visit to Seoul.
China is North Korea's sole major ally, but while Xi has met four times with South Korean President Park Geun Hye - including two summits - he has yet to sit down with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
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