S. Korea calls North missile tests calculated provocation

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SEOUL: South Korea on Friday labelled North Korea’s test firing of four short-range missiles a calculated, provocative act timed to coincide with South-United States joint military exercises. North Korea test-fired the missiles into the Sea of Japan on Thursday, three days after the joint drills kicked off in the face of vocal opposition from Pyongyang. Ministry spokesman Kim Min-Seok Kim said the tests were of Scud-type missiles at the longer edge of the short-range spectrum, with an estimated reach of 300 to 800 kilometers—capable of striking any target in the South.

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