N. Korea Testing Newly Developed Missiles: Defense Ministry
(Source: Korea Overseas Information Service; issued June 28, 2007)
North Korea's recent missile launches are aimed at testing brand-new missiles, the Defense Ministry said Thursday (June 28).

"The missiles that North Korea recently test-fired into the East Sea and the West Sea are ground-to-ground and ground-to-ship missiles with a range of around 100 kilometers," the ministry said in a press release. "They have not been deployed, as they are still in the development stage."

The assessment came a day after the North reportedly launched three short-range ballistic missiles into the waters between the Korean Peninsula and Japan.

The North's missile test, the third in a month, drew strong condemnations from the United States and Japan.

"The U.S. is deeply troubled that North Korea has decided to launch these missiles during a delicate time in the six-party talks," National Security Council spokesman Gordon Johndroe said.

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