Nork tantrum continues with missile firings

Washington Post:

North Korea test-fired a barrage of short-range missiles Friday, the communist nation's latest apparent angry response to the new South Korean government's tougher stance on Pyongyang.

The launches came as the North issued a stern rebuke to Washington over an impasse at nuclear disarmament talks, warning that the Americans' attitude could "gravely" affect the continuing disablement of Pyongyang's atomic facilities.

The missile tests were part of routine training, South Korean presidential spokesman Lee Dong-kwan said, declining to give further details on the type of rockets fired. He told reporters Seoul was "closely monitoring the situation."

"I believe North Korea would also not want a strain in inter-Korean relations," Lee said.

South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported that North Korea launched three ship-to-ship missiles at around 10:30 a.m. (9:30 p.m. EST Thursday), citing unidentified government officials.

South Korea's Defense Ministry said it would not be commenting on the launches, which came a day after Seoul withdrew officials from a joint industrial zone with North Korea at Pyongyang's request.

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South Korea continues to frustrate the Norks by not being provoked by the provocations of the North Korean reaction to demands by the South that the North keep its word. The tantrum is a reflection of just how powerless North Korea has become under communism in its true and ugly form. Whenever the leftist on campus say that communism has never been really tried, they need to take a closer look at North Korea where communisms failures are not from lack of trying.

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