North Korea Fires Seven More Ballistic Missiles

US Vice President Joseph Biden on Sunday dismissed North Korea's latest series of missile launches, saying the communist regime was engaged in "attention seeking" as it faced increasing isolation.

"Look, this has almost become predictable behavior," Biden told ABC television. "Some of it seems like almost attention-seeking behavior."

The comments came after North Korea test-fired seven missiles off its east coast Saturday, according to South Korean officials.

The ballistic missiles -- which the North is banned from firing under UN resolutions -- were launched into the Sea of Japan in an act of defiance apparently timed for the US Independence Day holiday.

Australian Foreign Minister Stephen Smith comments on North Korea’s missile tests, his first visit to Malaysia and relations with China. Smith made the comments in a televised interview with the Nine network’s Today program.

On North Korea’s motivation:

“It’s clearly a provocative act; it’s clearly aimed at the United States. It’s not the first time historically they’ve committed provocative acts on the 4th of July, or Independence Day. The important thing is already we’ve seen unanimous international community condemnation including from the Security Council members.”