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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Russian Analyst says North Korea will go ahead with ballistic missiles launches

Russian Analyst says North Korea will go ahead with ballistic missiles launches. (Tass).

North Korea will go ahead with launches of ballistic missiles and its missile program in general, the director of the Russian Strategy for Asia Center at the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Economics, Georgy Toloraya, has told TASS.

"North Korea makes no secret of its intention to continue its missile program in defiance of all sanctions, and it will be doing so in an outspoken and challenging manner," Toloraya said. In his opinion, the latest launches are connected with the "US-South Korean exercise scheduled to begin soon."

"North Korea suspects that this exercise is directed against it," he said.

"Also, there are plans for practicing operations aimed at the elimination of the North Korean leadership and so on and so forth. Small wonder, therefore, there will be more launches in the future," Toloraya said.

South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff earlier said that North Korea at 07:50 local time on Wednesday launched a ballistic missile from Hwanghae-namdo province towards the Sea of Japan. Last time North Korea launched two medium-range missiles Nodon and one short-range missile Scud on July 19. Hmmmm......Seems China has no desire to rein in North Korea, now that the South China sea is heating up.

Related: North Korea launches ballistic missile into Japanese waters.

The missile that landed in the Sea of Japan was launched at about 7.50am Seoul time on Wednesday (2250 GMT on Tuesday) from a region in South Hwanghae province to the south-west of the capital, Pyongyang, South Korea’s office of the joint chiefs of staff said in a statement.

The launch showed North Korea’s ambition to “directly and broadly attack neighbouring countries and target several places in the Republic of Korea such as ports and airfields”, the statement said, referring to South Korea by its official title.

The missile appeared to be a Rodong-type medium-range missile and flew about 620 miles (1,000km), it said. Read the full story here.

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