North Korea missile tests seen advancing the threat south of Seoul

Special to WorldTribune.com

By Lee Jong-HeonEast-Asia-Intel.com

SEOUL — North Korea is thought to be progressing with the development of KN-02 ballistic missiles and is also testing longer range 300 mm-caliber rockets that can reach beyond Seoul to strike U.S. bases, military sources here said.

North Korea is believed to have test-fired KN-02 missiles between May 18 and May 21.
North Korea is believed to have test-fired KN-02 missiles between May 18 and May 21.

The North launched six short-range projectiles from the country’s east coast — two on May 20, one on May 19 and three on May 18, according to the South’s Defense Ministry. The projectiles were fired from a mobile launcher near Wonsan on the east coast and traveled some 150 km before falling into the sea.

The North declared a portion of the sea near its east coast off limits to ships from May 18-21.

“The North has sought to develop a modified version of KN-02 surface-to-surface missiles and large-caliber artillery rockets that can be fired from mobile launchers,” the source said. The launches seem to have been test-fired “to see how they work,” he said.

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