S.Korean Military Under Fire Over N.Korean Missile Muddle

      April 05, 2016 12:16

      The South Korean military is under fire for yet another blunder after reporting that North Korea test-fired only one new surface-to-air missile last Friday instead of three.

      That casts some doubt on the gaffe-prone military's readiness to defend the country against North Korean provocations.

      North Korea launches surface-air-to missiles from two multiple rocket launchers in these pictures from [North] Korean Central TV and Rodong Sinmun on Saturday.

      At around 1:30 p.m. on Friday, the military said the North fired just a single surface-to-air missile from Sondok, South Hamgyong Province into the East Sea about an hour earlier.

      It added it was maintaining "a close readiness" posture in response.

      But photos and footage published by the North on Saturday show that surface-to-air missiles were being fired from two mobile launch vehicles.

      The military later admitted the North fired two more missiles but offered a somewhat baffling explanation.

      "We said one missile because the North had fired only one missile by the time we made the announcement," a military spokesman said. "Usually we don't tell the public about many of the North's firings of surface-to-air missiles because they're defensive and thus don't pose a big threat to our country." 

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