Wednesday, May 27, 2009
SEOUL, May 27 (Yonhap) — North Korea continues to show signs of preparations for short-range missile launches from its west coast after firing five from its east coast and testing a nuclear device, a South Korean source said Wednesday.
The source, who spoke strictly on condition of anonymity, could not confirm whether North Korea extended its May 25-27 ban on ships from the waters off its western shore.
North Korea detonated a nuclear device on Monday and has since fired five short-range missiles off its east coast. South Korean officials said Tuesday North Korea also appeared to be moving to launch rockets in the west.
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“Signs continue to be seen that launches will take place in the west,” the defense source said.
Tension spiked in the Yellow Sea Wednesday after North Korea said it will no longer guarantee the safe navigation of South Korean and U.S. naval vessels there.
The threat came a day after South Korea announced its full participation in a U.S.-led anti-proliferation campaign in apparent response to the second nuclear test by North Korea.
This article was posted: Wednesday, May 27, 2009 at 8:00 am