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U.S. says N. Korea should stop 'polluting the waters' with missile launches

2014/07/31 08:24

WASHINGTON, July 30 (Yonhap) -- The U.S. Department of Defense said Wednesday that North Korea should stop "polluting the waters" around the country with a series of missiles and rocket launches and instead focus on feeding its people.

Director of Pentagon Press Operations Army Col. Steve Warren made the remark to reporters after the North fired four short-range rockets toward the East Sea, according to the department's website.

"We are aware of ... reports that the North Koreans fired several short-range ballistic missiles," Warren said. "Rather than spend their money polluting the waters around North Korea, they should spend their money feeding their people."

   Wednesday's firing marked the 16th time that the North has launched rockets this year, and the fifth firing of 300 mm rockets in 2014. It also came just four days after the North fired a short-range missile presumed to be a Scud into the East Sea.

The latest launch brought the total number of rockets and missiles fired by the North to 102.

jschang@yna.co.kr

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