Friday, July 3, 2009

Wire: South Korea Says North Korea Fired 2 Missiles Saturday Morning

Off the Wire

Off the Wire:

WASHINGTON, July 3, 2009 -- Newswire services late Friday reported that North Korea fired two missiles off its eastern coast Saturday local time, South Korea said.

The Associated Press reported that the missiles were fired between 8 a.m. (2300 GMT) and 8:30 a.m. (2330 GMT), South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement. It did not say the range of the missiles.

"Our military is fully ready to counter any North Korean threats and provocations based on strong South Korea-U.S. combined defense posture," the statement said.

A Yonhap news agency report said North Korea fired two short-range missiles that appeared to be Scud missiles. The agency quoted a South Korean government official it did not identify. Yonhap originally reported the missiles were mid-range.

There was no immediate comment from North Korea on the missiles.

North Korea fired four short-range missiles off the east coast on Thursday.

(Report from newswire sources.)

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