North Korea fires short-range projectiles into sea

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 04 Mar 2016 17:45:58


SEOUL,

Mar 3 (AP),

NORTH Korea fired six short range projectiles into the seaoff its east coaston Thursday,Seoul officials said, just hours after the UN Security Council approved the toughest sanctions on Pyongyang in two decades for its recent nuclear test and long-range rocket launch.

The North’s launches also come shortly after Seoul’s parliament passed its first legislation on human rights in North Korea.


Defence spokesman Moon Sang Gyun said the projectiles were fired from the eastern coastal town of Wonsan , adding authorities were trying to determine what exactly North Korea fired.

The projectiles could be missiles, artillery or rockets, according to Defence Ministry. A South Korean official from the Joint Chief sof Staff , who did not want to be named, citing office rules, said that North Korea fired six projectiles that flew about 100 to 150 kilometres before landing in the sea.

North Korea routinely testfires missiles and rockets, but it often conducts more weapons launches when angered at 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 in Seoul. N