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North Korea marks long-range missile test

NKorea denounces US, SKorea spy flights
North Korea on Sunday accused the United States and South Korea of carrying out about 180 spy flights over its territory in August. The state-run Korean Central News Agency, quoting an unnamed military source, said the 110 US and 70 South Korean flights showed "aggressive ambition to stifle the DPRK (North Korea) by force of arms." The North routinely reports the alleged US and South Korean espionage flights, while military officials in Seoul and Washington have refused to comment. North and South Korea remain technically at war after the 1950-1953 Korean conflict ended in an armistice and not a peace treaty. Currently, about 28,500 US troops support the South's 680,000 against any threat from the North's 1.1 million-member military.
by Staff Writers
Seoul (AFP) Aug 31, 2008
North Korea on Sunday celebrated the 10th anniversary of test-firing its Taepodong-1 long-range missile, which it claims to be the country's first satellite rocket launch.

The official Radio Pyongyang, monitored by Yonhap news agency, said in a boastful commentary that the North built "purely self-developed" rocket technology and could repeat the launch anytime it wants.

"Our country's technology has advanced to the level where we can freely launch a working satellite at any time," Radio Pyongyang said.

After the test-firing the North claimed it had successfully put its first satellite, called "Kwangmyongsong," into orbit.

But the launch, which went ahead without any prior notice, sparked alarm especially in Japan, as the rocket flew over the archipelago into the Pacific.

The launch prompted Tokyo and Washington to start work on an advanced missile shield.

Radio Pyongyang quoted a North Korean scientist as saying Sunday the communist country would continue to put more satellites into orbit under the name of "Kwangmyoungsong," according to Yonhap.

In July 2006, North Korea test-fired seven missiles, including a more advanced Taepodong-2, which in theory could reach the US west coast. Those launches brought UN condemnation and missile-related sanctions.

But Washington said the Taepodong-2 test failed.

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