Seoul: North Korea fires 5 short-range projectiles

2016-03-21 11:31
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Seoul - North Korea fired five short-range projectiles into the sea on Monday, Seoul officials said, in a continuation of weapon launches it has carried out in an apparent response to ongoing South Korea-US military drills it sees as a provocation.

The projectiles launched from a site near the northeastern city of Hamhung flew about 200km before landing in waters off North Korea's east coast, South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

The firings came three days after Seoul said North Korea launched its first medium-range missile into the sea since early 2014, ignoring UN resolutions against such tests.

South Korea's Yonhap news agency initially reported that a missile had also been launched on Monday, but later changed that to say projectiles had been fired.

The firings appear to be North Korea's response to annual springtime US-South Korean military exercises that it says are a rehearsal for an invasion.

North Korea earlier this month fired several short-range missiles and artillery shells into the sea and threatened pre-emptive nuclear strikes against Washington and Seoul.

This year's drills are the largest ever and come after North Korea conducted a nuclear test and a long-range rocket launch earlier this year, leading the UN Security Council to impose its toughest sanctions on the country in two decades.


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