N Korea Test-fires Missile into Sea

World | March 10, 2003, Monday // 00:00

North Korea has test-fired a missile into the sea off its coast, the South Korean defence ministry has said. It was Pyongyang's second missile test in the past two weeks, following a launch on 24 February as South Korea was inaugurating its new president, Roh Moo-hyun. Japan's foreign ministry said North Korea had fired a land-to-ship missile towards the Sea of Japan at about 1200 local time (0300 GMT), but played down the significance of the move. "We understand this was not a ballistic missile and therefore is not considered a direct threat to Japan," a spokesman said. A South Korean official said the test apparently involved a short-range anti-ship missile and was launched from Sinsangri on North Korea's east coast.

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