South Korea slams North’s rocket tests

AFP-JIJI

South Korea called Monday for the North to stop its “provocative” rocket tests, after the launch of dozens of rockets in recent weeks — most recently Sunday — that Seoul says threaten regional security.

North Korea test-fired 25 rockets off its east coast into the Sea of Japan on Sunday. A spate of missile and rocket tests carried out by Pyongyang between late February and early March were largely seen as a calculated show of force to express its anger at the South’s ongoing joint military exercise with the U.S.

The rockets were aged versions of Russian-developed Frog rockets, Seoul’s defense ministry spokesman said, noting the North on Sunday fired “more rockets than normally expected.”