North Korea's new trial launch of three missiles off its western coast on Saturday comes as multilateral negotiations are under way to try and limit the country's nuclear ambitions.
"... it appears the firing of the missiles was part of a regular exercise to check the performance," Yonhap quoted an unnamed South Korean Defence Ministry as saying on Saturday.
A similar launch in March riled regional tensions and was seen by analysts as a display of anger at Washington and Lee's new conservative government in
Its communist party newspaper Rodong Sinmun denounced the Lee government's policy of linking aid to progress
"(It) is a criminal move to cover up their true colours as sycophantic traitors keen on confrontation with the North, stem the trend of the times towards independent reunification and peace and prosperity and reduce the inter-Korean relations to a plaything of outside forces," the paper said.
Over the past few days, the chief U.S. and South Korean envoys in six-country talks aimed at ending the North's nuclear arms ambitions have met the North's chief envoy in Beijing.
Date created : 2008-05-31