North Korea fires short-range rockets amid high tension

North Korea fires five short-range rockets into sea on its east coast, South Korean military says

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Landing and anti-landing exercises being carried out by the Korean People's Army (KPA) at an unknown location are seen in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang on March 20, 2016.

North Korea has fired fire short-range rockets into the sea on its east coast on Monday, South Korea’s military said, amid high tensions over the country’s nuclear programme.

The unidentified rockets were fired from south of the city of Hamburg and flew almost 200 km (120 miles) then touched down in east of North Korea, South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement.

On Friday, North Korea launched two mid-rage ballistic missiles in a move against new United Nations and US sanctions issued for North Korea following nuclear and rocket tests earlier this year.

In latest weeks, North Korea sped up its bellicose rhetoric, threatened pre-emptive nuclear strikes against US and South Korea. Its also fires short-range missiles and artillery into the sea.

North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un said last week that North Korea would soon test a nuclear warhead and ballistic missiles skilled of carrying nuclear warheads that would directly violate the UN resolutions.


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