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North set to launch more missiles: report

Reporter: Mark Willacy

PETER CAVE: North Korea itself is showing no signs that it cares about the world's reaction. Indeed
there are signs that it is preparing to thumb its nose at international opinion with yet another
short range missile test.

I have been joined on the line by our North Asia correspondent Mark Willacy.

Mark, what are those signs that the North Koreans are about to launch another missile?

MARK WILLACY: Well, the main sign we have is a report from South Korea's Yonhap News Agency, which
is saying that the communist North has declared an off-limits area for ships in the Yellow Sea.

This, it says, is standard operating procedure from Pyongyang when it's preparing to launch a
missile and in this case it is likely to be a short range missile or missiles because as we saw
just hours after yesterday's nuclear test, the Stalinist state actually fired three missiles with a
range they believe of about 160 kilometres and that's consistent with North Korea's past action.

First test a nuclear device and then top that off with a display of the country's missile might.

PETER CAVE: What has Pyongyang had to say about its nuclear test and the world's reaction to it?

MARK WILLACY: Well this morning we had the official line reported by North Korea's state KCNA
newsagency and I have to say there is a tone of disappointment in that official line.

Pyongyang says and I quote, "It's clear that nothing has changed in the hostile US policy towards
North Korea even under the new administration," unquote. So that is clearly a criticism that
President Barack Obama has not softened US policy on North Korea sufficiently to Pyongyang's
liking.

The article goes on to warn Washington that the communist regime's army is ready for battle against
what it calls "any reckless US attempt at a pre-emptive attack". So both a tone of disappointment
and belligerence from North Korea just a day after that nuclear test.

PETER CAVE: Mark Willacy live on the line from Tokyo.