North Korea fires three ballistic missiles in what's believed to be a show of force. Yiming Woo reports.
Pyongyang has fired three ballistic missiles capable of striking its neighbour South Korea. The launches come days after Seoul and the United States announced the deployment of an anti-missile system in the South to counter threats from the North. It prompted Pyongyang to threaten a "physical response." Political watchers don't think the launches were tests to improve its missile capability -- they were likely meant as a show of force. South Korean Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-Ahn says it's a worrying development. (SOUNDBITE) (Korean) SOUTH KOREAN PRIME MINISTER, HWANG KYO-AHN, SAYING: "North Korea not only conducted its nuclear test but also has been continuously launching ballistic missiles this year, which was a rare phenomenon in the past. The threat to our national security has grown very quickly in a short period of time." North Korea has test-fired a series of ballistic missiles in recent months, in defiance of U.N. Security Council resolutions.