North Korea Kicks Off Crazy Season With Missile Launch

A North Korean Taepodong-class missile is displayed during a military parade past Kim Il-Sung square marking the 60th anniversary of the Korean war armistice in Pyongyang on July 27, 2013. North Korea mounted its largest ever military parade on July 27 to mark the 60th anniversary of the armistice that ended fighting in the Korean War, displaying its long-range missiles at a ceremony presided over by leader Kim Jong-Un.  AFP PHOTO / Ed Jones        (Photo credit should read Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images)
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North Korea, which always gets a little nuts around this time of year, fired some missiles into the Sea of Japan on Thursday without explanation. The short-range Scuds have a range of about 125 miles, meaning they could hit South Korea but not Japan, Reuters reports. But the North wasn't aiming for either. It's just doing the thing it always does when the U.S. and South Korean armed forces get together for their annual military exercises, which started Monday. So far, the North has been a lot more muted in its craziness than it was last year. Perhaps Kim Jong-un is too distracted by those new Yorkshire terriers at the Pyongyang zoo?