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Chinese Jet, North Korean Missile Come Close

By    |   Wednesday, 05 Mar 2014 10:56 PM

North Korea has dismissed safety concerns raised by Seoul after a Chinese passenger jet with 220 passengers and crew onboard crossed through the trajectory of a North Korean missile on Tuesday, The Wall Street Journal reported.

A South Korean Defense Ministry spokesman said China Southern Airlines Flight CZ628 was flying from Japan to China over international waters Tuesday afternoon when North Korea without warning fired the missile over the plane’s flight route.

South Korean officials said the missile traveled six miles above airspace crossed by the China Southern airliner seven minutes later. In Seoul,  Defense Ministry spokesman Kim Min-seok said Pyongyang’s actions “pose a serious threat to public safety.”

North Korea brushed aside these concerns, saying the missile test was a sovereign right and that its missiles are too accurate to pose a danger to neighboring states.

The North Korean missile was fired as part of a series of weapons tests which began Feb. 21, Bloomberg News reported. The tests are taking place at the same time as U.S.-South Korean military exercises which Pyongyang denounces as practice for war.

South Korean defense officials said they had notified Beijing about how close the North Korean missile came to the China Southern flight.

While a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman on Wednesday called on all parties to exercise “restraint,” the incident is likely to create an additional irritant in relations between the two communist states.

Lignet reported that Beijing-Pyongyang ties were already strained by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s execution in December of his uncle Jang Song Thaek, a point man for negotiating trade and investment deals with China.

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North Korea has dismissed safety concerns raised by Seoul after a Chinese passenger jet with 220 passengers and crew onboard crossed through the trajectory of a North Korean missile on Tuesday, The Wall Street Journal reported.
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