N.Korea Bans Ships off the East Coast

      June 09, 2009 10:40

      North Korea banned ships from waters off Wonsan, Gangwon Province from Tuesday until June 29, apparently to test more short-range missiles including KN-01 surface-to-ship missiles there, a military source said Monday. The North also fired six short-range missiles in the East Sea at the end of last month.

      The exclusion zone is 263 km by 100 km along the coast of North and South Hamgyong Provinces, stretching up from Sinsang-ri, just south of Hamheung, South Hamgyong Province. The South Korean military predicts the missile will be launched from there in a northeasterly direction. North Korea fired three KN-01s from Sinsang-ri on May 26.

      The military also fears the North could also test-fire mid-range and even long-range rockets such as intercontinental ballistic missiles depending what sanctions the UN Security Council takes over the North's recent nuclear test, and depending on the outcome of a South Korea-U.S. Summit on June 16.

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