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
N. Korea Launches 4th Missile
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)

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." (More North Korea stories.)

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