North Korea confirmed on Wednesday that the three ballistic missiles it tested a day earlier were mock nuclear-missile attacks carried out as part of a simulated pre-emptive attack on ports and airfields in South Korea, reported WSJ.
Test-firing of the missiles was in gross violation of the resolutions as North Korea is prohibited from developing ballistic missile technology as per UN resolutions. The test firing could be seen as a resentful reaction to the deployment of US missile defence system in South Korea under which around 30,000 American troops were posted in South Korea.
The three missiles were launched from Hwangju. One flew 500 kilometers (311 miles) and the other 600 kilometers (373 miles) before it crashed into the sea off the country’s East coast, as per a South Korean military statement, which said that the third missile’s trajectory was still being examined.
Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), which is North Korea’s official news agency, reported that the exercise was supervised by Kim Jong Un himself.
“The drill was conducted by limiting the firing range under the simulated conditions of making preemptive strikes at ports and airfields in the operational theatre in South Korea where the US imperialists nuclear war hardware is to be hurled,” stated KCNA.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that the test was ‘deeply troubling’ and undermined efforts to reduce tension on the Korean peninsula, as reported in The Tehelka.
After an alleged match- fixing charge was made against the Indian Cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni by former Indian team manager and DDCA sports Secretary Sunil Dev in a Hindi daily , a legal notice has been sent to the daily asking for an amount of Rs 100 crore defamation suit over making false statements.
According to the report, Sunil Dev has stated in a sting operation video that Dhoni was involved in match- fixing for the fourth test cricket match of the Manchester Test series held in 2014 against England. Dhoni’s lawyers, Delhi based C&C Associates, have sent a nine-page legal notice which says that all the allegations made by the daily are nothing but “false propaganda” and an “attempt to defame Dhoni”. The letter has also threatened to sue the daily if it fails to issue denial within 48 hours.
A report by the legal authorities has quoted Dhoni saying that the false allegation has caused mental trauma for the skipper. A recovery of Rs 100 Crore has also been sought for the damages caused due to the reports published in the daily.
However, Sunil Dev has stated that the sting video based on which the report is based is false. “It is all rubbish. I am planning to sue this Hindi daily and will seek legal help against it,” said Sunil Dev.
Sources: DNA, Firstpost