South Korea calls North missile test ‘provocative act’


South Korea has denounced North Korea’s test-launching of four short-range missiles as a “provocative act” timed to coincide with Seoul’s annual military drills with Washington. Pyongyang test-fired the missiles into the Sea of Japan on Thursday, three days after the controversial military exercises began. “With the exercises underway, we see the firings as a calculated, provocative act,” Defense Ministry spokesman Kim Min-Seok said on Friday.

According to Kim, the tests were of Scud-type missiles at the longer edge of the short-range spectrum, with an estimated reach of 300-800 kilometers, which means that they are capable of hitting any target in the South. “If the North re-engineers Scuds or tests them, we always undertake a serious analysis to consider counter-measures,” he added.

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