North Korea readies short-range missile launchers
On Sunday, North Korea appeared to be planning a missile test launch and moved two short-range Scud missile launchers to its east coast. On Saturday, North Korea reiterated it would not give up its nuclear weapons.
North¬†Korea¬†has moved two short-range missile launchers to its¬†east coast, apparently indicating it is pushing ahead with preparations for a test launch, a South Korean news agency reported on Sunday.
An unidentified South Korean military source told the South's Yonhap news agency that satellite imagery showed that¬†North¬†Korean forces had moved two mobile missile launchers for short-range¬†Scud¬†missiles to¬†South Hamgyeong¬†province.
"The military is closely watching the¬†North's latest preparations for a missile launch," the source said.
The¬†North¬†moved two mid-range Musudan missiles in early April and placed seven mobile launchers in the same area, Yonhap said. A¬†North¬†Korean show of force could be staged to coincide with the anniversary of the founding of its¬†army¬†on April 25.
A¬†South Korean Defence Ministry¬†official said he could not confirm the news report and said there had been no sign of unusual activity in¬†North¬†Korea.¬†North¬†Korea¬†fairly regularly test-fires short-range missiles in the sea off itseast coast.
North¬†Korea¬†stepped up its defiance of U.N. Security Council resolutions in December when it launched a rocket that it said had put a scientific satellite into orbit. Critics said the launch was aimed at developing technology to deliver a nuclear warhead mounted on a long-range missile.
The¬†North¬†followed that in February with its third test of a nuclear weapon. That brought new U.N. sanctions which in turn led to a dramatic intensification of¬†North¬†Korea's threats of nuclear strikes against¬†South¬†Korea¬†and theUnited States.
On Saturday,¬†North¬†Korea¬†reiterated that it would not give up its nuclear weapons, rejecting a US condition for talks although it said it was willing to discuss disarmament.