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SKorea says NKorea tested 2 short-range missiles

Saturday - 3/16/2013, 4:35am  ET

South Korean Army soldiers jump from a military vehicle during a joint military drill between South Korea and the United States near the Osan U.S. Air Base in Pyeongtaek, south of Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, March 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

SAM KIM
Associated Press

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- North Korea test-fired a pair of short-range missiles into its eastern waters this past week in a likely response to ongoing routine U.S.-South Korean military drills, a South Korean official said Saturday.

The North launched what appeared to be KN-02 missiles during its own drills, the military official said. He would not say on which day the missiles were fired or give other details, and declined to be named, citing policy.

North Korea routinely launches short-range missiles in an effort to improve its arsenal, but the latest test comes at a time of rising tensions. Pyongyang has threatened nuclear strikes on Seoul and Washington because of the U.S.-South Korean drills and recent U.N. sanctions over its third nuclear test.

Analysts say Pyongyang's threats are partly an attempt to push Washington to agree to disarmament-for-aid talks.


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