North Korea launches 2 more missiles, South says
SEOUL – North Korea fired two short-range missiles on Monday morning, the latest in a series of low-level provocations that appear to be a response to the ongoing joint U.S.-South Korean exercises.
The first of the missiles was launched around 6:19 a.m. Both are believed to be Scud-C type missiles, and were fired from the North’s southeastern coast and flew northeast more than 300 miles before landing in the East Sea, South Korea’s preferred name for the Sea of Japan, according to the ministry of national defense.
South Korea conducted a similar launch last Thursday, firing four Scud missiles from the same area that also flew northeast.
“North Korea seems to be taking the opportunity to provoke South Korea and the U.S. during the exercise,” a South Korean defense spokesman said Monday, speaking on customary condition of anonymity. “It seems like North Korea did this to raise tensions on the peninsula.”
The missile launches come as the U.S. and South Korea approach the end of the Key Resolve command post exercise, which ends Thursday.