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N’Korea ‘fires missiles’ into sea hours after UN vote


Picture taken from North Korean TV and released by South Korean news agency Yonhap shows North Korea's rocket launch (AFP Photo/YONHAP)

Picture taken from North Korean TV and released by South Korean news agency Yonhap shows North Korea’s rocket launch (AFP Photo/YONHAP)

NORTH Korea has fired six short-range projectiles into the sea, South Korea’s defence ministry has said, hours after the United Nations (UN) imposed tough new sanctions.

A South Korean spokesman told the Yonhap news agency the projectiles were fired at about 10:00 local time (01:00 GMT) from Wonsan on the east coast.

They were either rockets or guided missiles, the ministry said.

Correspondents said it is being seen as an act of defiance against the sanctions.

Hours earlier, the UN Security Council unanimously voted to impose some of its strongest ever sanctions against North Korea. The new measures are in reaction to North Korea’s recent nuclear test and satellite launch, both of which violated existing sanctions.

They will result in all cargo going to and from the country being inspected, while 16 new individuals and 12 organisations have been blacklisted.

The United States and North Korea’s long-standing ally, China, spent seven weeks discussing the new sanctions.

The export of coal, iron and iron ore used for North Korea’s nuclear or ballistic missile programmes.

All gold, titanium ore, vanadium ore, rare earth minerals and aviation fuel exports.

Any item (except food and medicine) that could develop North Korea’s armed forces.

United States President Barack Obama said the international community was “speaking with one voice” to tell the North it “must abandon these dangerous programmes and choose a better path for its people”.

South Korea’s President, Park Geun-hye, welcomed the sanctions, saying she hoped the North “will now abandon its nuclear development programme and embark on a path of change”.

North Korea insists its missile programme is purely scientific in nature, but the U.S., South Korea and even China say such launches like the one, which put a satellite in orbit last month, are aimed at developing inter-continental ballistic missiles.

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