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N. Korea slams S. Korean missile test

SEOUL, April 5 (Yonhap) -- North Korea blasted South Korea on Saturday for test-firing a missile capable of hitting anywhere in the communist country, saying that Seoul will no longer be justified to blame it for launching rockets. In a report carried by the state Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), monitored in Seoul, a spokesman for the North Korean Army's Strategic Force said it was "a great irony" that South Korea is celebrating a successful test-fire of a ballistic missile when it has been denouncing the North's missile launches.

North Korea tells world 'wait and see' on new nuclear test

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - North Korea said on Friday that the world would have to "wait and see" when asked for details of "a new form" of nuclear test it threatened to carry out after the United Nations Security Council condemned Pyongyang's recent ballistic missile launch. North Korea fired two medium-range Rodong ballistic missiles into the sea on March 26. Its first firing in four years of mid-range missiles that can hit Japan followed a series of short-range rocket launches over the past two months.

Envoy at U.N. restates N. Korea will conduct "new form" of nuke test

North Korea "will carry out" a new form of nuclear test, a North Korean envoy to the United Nations said at a press conference on Friday, reiterating a similar assertion made by Pyongyang on Sunday. North Korea "made it very clear, we will carry out a new form of nuclear test. But I recommend you to wait and see what it is," Deputy Ambassador Ri Tong Il said in response to a reporter who asked about a statement released by the Foreign Ministry.

S. Korea test-fires new missile capable of striking N. Korea

South Korea last month successfully test-fired a new ballistic missile capable of striking any part of North Korea, South Korea's Defense Ministry spokesman said Friday. "Yes, it's true. We test-fired the missile and succeeded," Kim Min Seok told a press briefing. Kim's remarks were in response to a report by Yonhap News Agency that the state-funded Agency for Defense Development tested the missile on March 23 at a firing range in Taean, South Chungcheong Province, under the observation of senior military officials.

South Korea extending ballistic missile range to counter North's threat

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea has test-fired a new ballistic missile with a range of 500 km (310 miles) and will try to extend the range to 800 km so it can strike any site in North Korea, its defense ministry said on Friday, days after Pyongyang fired a mid-range missile. The new missiles are intended to counter the threat from North Korea's missile and nuclear programs, ministry spokesman Kim Min-seok said, but the move is likely to rattle the North, hit with U.N. sanctions for its own missile tests.

S. Korea tests missile bringing entire North in range

South Korea said Friday it had successfully test-fired a new ballistic missile capable of carrying a one-tonne payload to any part of North Korea. The launch was carried out March 23, just two days before North Korea test fired two medium-range ballistic missiles capable of striking Japan. The announcement of the test is likely to fuel the current tensions on the Korean peninsula which saw the two rivals fire hundreds of live shells into each other's territorial waters earlier this week.

S. Korea test-fires new missile capable of striking N. Korea: Yonhap

South Korea last month successfully test-fired a new ballistic missile capable of striking any part of North Korea, Yonhap News Agency reported Friday, citing a military source. South Korea plans to deploy the missile, which has a range of 500 kilometers and can carry a payload of 1 ton, starting next year to bolster its defense, the report said. The state-funded Agency for Defense Development tested the missile on March 23 at a firing range in Taean, South Chungcheong Province, under the observation of senior military officials.

U.S., Japan, South Korea to discuss North Korea nuclear weapons program

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States, Japan and South Korea will meet next week to seek ways to persuade North Korea to give up its atomic weapons program, the U.S. State Department said on Thursday, just days after Pyongyang warned of a "new form" of nuclear test. The talks next Monday in Washington will follow on from a trilateral summit involving the United States and its two main Asian allies hosted by President Barack Obama in The Hague on March 25.

Chinese media tells N. Korea to 'abandon illusions' about nuclear weapons

BEIJING, April 3 (Yonhap) -- China's state-run newspaper called on North Korea Thursday to "abandon illusions" about its defiant pursuit of nuclear weapons, warning that a fresh nuclear test would only deepen isolation. The Global Times published the editorial days after North Korea threatened to carry out a "new form" of nuclear test, more than a year after its third nuclear test heightened tension and strained ties with its key ally China.

Further punishment possible over N. Korea's missile launches: S. Korean envoy

SEOUL, April 3 (Yonhap) -- The United Nations would discuss additional measures to punish North Korea for its recent ballistic missile launches, a South Korean envoy to the international body said Thursday. Last week, the communist country fired off two medium-range Rodonng ballistic missiles into the sea off its east coast, the first such launches in four years, in what appeared to be a show of force in defiance of ongoing Seoul-Washington military exercises.
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