North Korea has defied world condemnation and test-fired two more missiles.
Sources in South Korea said the short-range rockets were launched off the east coast – earlier Pyongyang had warned shipping in the Yellow Sea to the west that launches were imminent. The launches, following yesterday’s nuclear weapons test, drew sharp rebukes from world leaders. President Obama said it was a reckless threat to world security, and called on Pyongyang’s only ally, China, to bring its neighbour into line. Carl Bildt, Sweden’s Foreign Minister said:“There’s complete agreement on North Korea here. No-one has any understanding for the position of North Korea, and see the action they’ve taken as truly provocative and dangerous for regional stability.” The United Nations Security Council met in emergency session in New York and denounced the North’s actions as “a grave violation of international law.” Russia said the world’s response must be sufficiently serious because the authority of the Security Council is at stake. But North Korea refused to be cowed. It fired off a powerful message to the world, accusing the US of preparing a pre-emptive attack and saying its army and people are fully ready for battle.