North Korea Test-Fires Missiles Into Sea
Analysts think Pyongyang sending message to US again
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted May 18, 2013 7:24 AM CDT
South Koreans watch TV news showing a footage of North Korean missiles on a military parade.   (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

(Newser) – North Korea apparently felt things were getting a little too calm of late and launched three short-range missiles into the sea off its eastern coast today, reports the BBC. Notably, those tests did not include the firing of the longer-range Musudan missile, which theoretically could hit the US. Generally, short-range tests by Pyongyang are "fairly routine," says the New York Times, but because of all the recent rhetoric, today's test seems provocative, according to the Wall Street Journal.

"Analysts said the launches were likely intended not only as a protest against the joint South Korean-US military drills in the East Sea earlier this week, but also as a political gambit aimed ultimately at drawing a dialogue offer from the US," writes Kyong-Ae Choi. (President Obama promised last week that those kinds of manipulative moves by the North wouldn't work anymore.) Still, the AP says "tentative" international diplomacy remains in the works to ease tensions on the peninsula, the latest example being the visit to the North this week by an adviser to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

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Redneckistan
May 18, 2013 5:27 PM CDT
Weekend Update, SNL, Apr 9, 2013 – "North Korea has moved two missiles into position on their coast. So let this be a warning to you middle of the ocean."
AnimeOtaku
May 18, 2013 4:05 PM CDT
Millions of Korean dollars wasted on killing a few fish while their populace resorts to Cannibalism!!! Dumb Asses!!!! They need a 20.5 on the Richter Scale to hit them.
People_Suck
May 18, 2013 2:58 PM CDT
I guess the Nautilus came too close to for comfort.