North Korea tests short-range missile along its coast

North Korea test fires short-range missile along its eastern coast

Photo by: AFP (Archive)
Photo by: AFP (Archive)

This undated picture released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on March 24, 2016, shows the operation of a new type of large-caliber multiple rocket launching system at an undisclosed location in North Korea.

North Korea tested a short-range missile on its east coast on Tuesday, South Korea’s military reported, amid the growing tensions on the divided peninsula.

South Korea’s military said in a statement that the missile was fired from near the North Korean coastal town of Wonsan at 0840 GMT and flew about 200 km northeast and "made contact" with the mainland.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has launched a series of short-range missiles in recent weeks, as North Korean state media characterises the launches as a response to UN sanctions imposed for its fourth nuclear test in January.

US President Barack Obama will meet Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday to discuss North Korea’s nuclear programme, the White House said on Monday.

TRTWorld and agencies