Yesterday, North Korea Test Fires Four Missiles in Four Hours. Now this. They have no fear.
It test-fired four similar missiles earlier this week and has incurred fresh UN sanctions since holding a second underground nuclear test in May.
The latest missiles were fired from a base near Wonsan into the Sea of Japan, South Korea's defence ministry said.
One is believed to be a Scud with a range of 500km (312 miles).
Japanese and South Korean media have reported that North Korea may be preparing to launch another long-range ballistic missile.
There are fears that North Korea is trying to produce nuclear warheads small enough to put on long-range missiles.
UPDATE: Japan now reports that South Korea confirmed that North Korea has fired a third missile into the Sea of Japan at 1045 hours Japan time (2145 (9:45pm) NY time)
North Korea fired two ballistic missiles into the Sea of Japan on
Saturday morning, the Japanese government said, while the South Korean
military confirmed the launch of the third one.
The two missiles launched at around 8 a.m. are believed to be short-range Scud types and ''are estimated to have a range of about 500 kilometers,'' Yonhap News Agency earlier reported, quoting a South Korean government official.
At around 10:45 a.m., Pyongyang launched the third missile, according to the South Korean military.
Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Takeo Kawamura issued a statement that said the latest missile launch ''is a serious act of provocation against the security of neighboring countries, including Japan, and is against the resolution of the U.N. Security Council.''
Government sources of Japan and South Korea said the missiles may be Rodong missiles.
Tokyo will decide how to respond to Pyongyang's latest moves in cooperation with South Korea and the United States, while closely monitoring developments, government sources said.
The action came after Pyongyang test-fired four short-range missiles off its east coast into the Sea of Japan on Thursday.
TC opines, "this activity is not totally "unusual" - additionally - it is a way to get rid of aging weaponry (in this case missiles) which can not be kept in dormant status forever without expiring (and becoming useless). Plus - with Hussein O. in the office - evil communist dwarf - is counting on getting more extortion money out of US taxpayers -and is therefore putting on his typical little show of saber rattling".