SEOUL, South Korea, Tuesday, Feb. 25 – North Korea, in a provocative reminder of the tense security situation on the Korean Peninsula, on Monday conducted its first missile launching test in three years, South Korea’s Yonyap news agency said today.
The move by North Korea appeared to be an attention-getting measure as a new South Korean president, who has vowed to be aggressive in reshaping his country’s relationship with the United States, prepares to take office today.
The unidentified North Korean rocket was fired into the sea between Korea and Japan, but it landed in North Korean waters. North Korean missiles are considered to be highly accurate, and the move seemed carefully calibrated to draw attention without being highly provocative – a flashing signal rather than a red light. In its last missile test, in 1998, North Korea launched a missile that flew over Japanese territory, setting off a crisis between the countries.