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US admiral denounces North Korea's missile launches

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - The chief of U.S. Naval operations is
denouncing North Koreas weekend barrage of missile tests.
Adm. Gary Roughead calls them "clearly counter to
the desires of the international community for a peaceful and
stable region." The tests are banned under U.N. resolutions.
Meanwhile, a South Korean newspaper reports the North may have
launched a new type of Scud missile that has greater accuracy and
range. The newspaper says the Scud-ER can travel 620 miles -- just
100 miles shy of the distance from the launch site to Tokyo.
South Korea's defense ministry says the weekend tests show
Pyongyang (pyuhng-yahng) has improved accuracy of its missiles
because they all landed in the same area.
North Korea is believed to be developing a missile with an even
greater range than those fired in the past few days. It's believed
such a missile could potentially put the U.S. west coast, Hawaii,
Australia and eastern Europe within striking distance.


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