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Korean missile launch to have little impact on Taiwan: military

ROC Central News Agency

2013/04/10 13:31:33

Taipei, April 10 (CNA) A possible missile test launch by North Korea would not affect Taiwan much in light of the island's distance from the Korean Peninsula, Chief of the General Staff Yen Ming said Wednesday.

Yen said the military has a clear grasp of the situation on the Korean Peninsula and has calculated that Taiwan would be 'very safe,' except if North Korea were to fire its missiles randomly.

'(The Korean tensions) will probably not have much impact on Taiwan because it is very far away,' he told reporters during a visit to the outlying Penghu Islands for a preview of this year's annual military exercises, coded Han Kuang 29, set for April 15-19.

According to foreign reports, North Korea has loaded two medium-range missiles onto mobile launchers on its east coast, probably completing launch preparations and likely to test fire the missiles any time.

Yen said Taiwan has had its long-range early warning Surveillance Radar Program and anti-missile defense system ready and will respond to any contingencies as necessary.

(By Chen Pei-huang and Y.F. Low)

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