N. Korea test-fires three mid-range missiles in show of force as G-20 meets

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In this Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016, file photo, a South Korean army soldier watches a TV news program showing images published in North Korea's Rodong Sinmun newspaper of North Korea's ballistic missile believed to have been launched from underwater and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, at Seoul Railway station in Seoul, South Korea. Ahn Young-joon/AP
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In this Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016, file photo, a South Korean army soldier watches a TV news program showing images published in North Korea's Rodong Sinmun newspaper of North Korea's ballistic missile believed to have been launched from underwater and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, at Seoul Railway station in Seoul, South Korea. Ahn Young-joon/AP

N. Korea test-fires three mid-range missiles in show of force as G-20 meets

by: KIM GAMEL AND YOO KYONG CHANG | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: September 06, 2016
 SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea test-fired three ballistic missiles that flew about 620 miles Monday before crashing off the coast of Japan in a show of force as G-20 leaders met in China, military officials said.
 
The presumed Rodong missiles were launched shortly after noon from the western town of Hwangju and traveled across the peninsula before landing some 250 miles inside Japan’s air defense identification zone, according to South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff.
 
The U.S. and South Korea were still investigating, but the launches were clearly a violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions banning the North’s use of ballistic missile technology, the statement said.
 
“It is considered part of the North’s armed protests aimed at maintaining military tension on the Korean peninsula by showing off its nuclear and missile abilities,” it said, adding the North was taking advantage of the G-20 summit to gain attention. “Our military is fully prepared to deal with North Korean provocations.”