N Korea fires missiles into sea after UN imposes tough curbs

(From Guardian and agencies)

North Korea has fired a volley of short-range missiles into the sea off its east coast after the U.N. security council unanimously approved the toughest sanctions against the regime in two decades over its nuclear and rocket tests.

A missile-firing drill at an undisclosed location in North Korea

A missile-firing drill at an undisclosed location in North Korea in this file photo

South Korean defence spokesman Moon Sang-gyun said the launches came from the eastern coastal town of Wonsan. Another South Korean official from the joint chiefs of staff said the six projectiles flew about 100-150km (60-90 miles) before landing in the sea.

The US State Department said it had seen reports of the launches and was monitoring the situation.

North Korea has previously carried out live firing near or across its borders when facing international condemnation.

Thursday’s launch was seen as a low-level response to the UN sanctions, with Pyongyang unlikely to launch any major provocation until a landmark ruling Workers’ party convention in May, according to Yang Moo-jin, a professor at the University of North Korean Studies in Seoul. Read More



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