Jump to search Jump to main navigation Jump to main content Jump to footer navigation

Global Security Newswire

Daily News on Nuclear, Biological & Chemical Weapons, Terrorism and Related Issues

Produced by
NationalJournal logo

North Korea Seems to Have Launched Ballistic Missiles into the Sea

A South Korean sailor in March 2010 watches the amphibious assault ship U.S.S. Blue Ridge as it arrives in Busan to participate in U.S.-South Korea armed forces maneuvers. North Korea on Thursday fired off several apparent short-range ballistic missiles, according to the South Korean military, which earlier this week began its yearly exercises with the United States. A South Korean sailor in March 2010 watches the amphibious assault ship U.S.S. Blue Ridge as it arrives in Busan to participate in U.S.-South Korea armed forces maneuvers. North Korea on Thursday fired off several apparent short-range ballistic missiles, according to the South Korean military, which earlier this week began its yearly exercises with the United States. (U.S. Navy photo)

North Korea on Thursday launched what appeared to be tactical ballistic missiles into the sea, an unidentified South Korean Defense Ministry official said.

The suspected missile drill by Pyongyang took place a few days after the United States and South Korea began their yearly joint military exercises, which are seen as one of the allies' biggest deterrence-messaging tools to the North, the Associated Press reported. North Korea traditionally condemns the maneuvers and sometimes carries out timed provocations, such as last year's deployment of intermediate-range ballistic missiles to its eastern coast.

"Our military is prepared to counter any provocations" from North Korea, South Korean defense chief Kim Kwan-jin was quoted as telling a gathering of retired senior officers on Wednesday, the Yonhap News Agency reported.

Meanwhile, unidentified U.S. officials told the Washington Times this week that the space rocket North Korea successfully launched in December 2012 incorporated American, Chinese and European technology. Debris from the Unha 3 rocket was recovered from the Sea of Japan and analyzed by South Korean and U.S. specialists.

The experts discovered the detritus included U.K transmitters, Swiss-produced electrical components and American circuits, as well as technology produced in China and Eastern Europe. The dual-use components were built within the last few years, suggesting they were secretly imported by Pyongyang in spite of a multilayered U.N. Security Council sanctions regime targeting its ballistic-missile program.

Much of the technology used to send rockets into space is relevant for the development of intercontinental ballistic missiles. North Korea claims its space-rocket launches are peaceful. The Security Council tightened sanctions against the North as punishment for the December 2012 launch.

NTI Analysis

  • Ukraine Must Not Become a New Berlin Wall

    March 13, 2014

    On Friday, March 14, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov meet to discuss the crisis in Ukraine. Five statesmen from Germany, Poland, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States call for the urgent formation of a Contact Group of Foreign Ministers to address the crisis and more broadly, create a new approach to building mutual security in the Euro-Atlantic region.

  • Cyberwar’s Threat Does Not Justify a New Policy of Nuclear Deterrence

    June 14, 2013

    Steve Andreasen and Richard A. Clarke urge President Obama to minimize the role of nuclear weapons in the national security strategy and maintain distinction between cyber and nuclear attacks.

Country Profile

Flag of North Korea

North Korea

This article provides an overview of North Korea's historical and current policies relating to nuclear, chemical, biological and missile proliferation.

Learn More →