N. Korea Launches 4th Missile

Apparently unimpressed by global calls to stop

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted May 19, 2013 9:47 AM CDT

(Newser) – Just in case anybody missed the three short-range missiles North Korea fired off into the sea yesterday, Pyongyang launched a fourth missile in the same area today, reports CNN. That flies in the face of Western calls to cool it already, notes Reuters, after UN chief Ban Ki-moon voiced concern, calling yesterday's launches a "provocative action." Saber-rattling or no, the region is still decidedly calmer than last month, a Seoul-based journalist says. "It's really simply because it's North Korea doing this that it raises concerns," he said. "The North Koreans have significantly de-escalated their bellicosity and their rhetoric since the end of April." Seoul, which confirmed the launch today, "will not be strongly condemnatory of this test because right now they are very, very keen to get the North Koreans to the negotiating table."

South Korean army soldiers look through telescopes at a military check point in Paju, South Korea, near the border village of Panmunjom, Sunday, May 19, 2013.
South Korean army soldiers look through telescopes at a military check point in Paju, South Korea, near the border village of Panmunjom, Sunday, May 19, 2013.   (Ahn Young-joon)
South Korean students riding bicycles pass by army soldiers on Unification Bridge in Paju, South Korea, near the border village of Panmunjom, Sunday, May 19, 2013.
South Korean students riding bicycles pass by army soldiers on Unification Bridge in Paju, South Korea, near the border village of Panmunjom, Sunday, May 19, 2013.   (Ahn Young-joon)
A South Korean army soldier passes by a barbed-wire fence in Paju, South Korea, near the border village of Panmunjom, Sunday, May 19, 2013.
A South Korean army soldier passes by a barbed-wire fence in Paju, South Korea, near the border village of Panmunjom, Sunday, May 19, 2013.   (Ahn Young-joon)
A South Korean man watches a TV news reporting missile launch conducted by North Korea, in Seoul, Saturday, May 18, 2013.
A South Korean man watches a TV news reporting missile launch conducted by North Korea, in Seoul, Saturday, May 18, 2013.   (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
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