North Korea fires 30 short-range rockets: Yonhap

SEOUL Fri Mar 21, 2014 8:56pm EDT

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (C) provides field guidance during a visit to a machine plant managed by Kang Thae Ho in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang March 20, 2014. REUTERS/KCNA

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (C) provides field guidance during a visit to a machine plant managed by Kang Thae Ho in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang March 20, 2014.

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SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea fired 30 short-range rockets into the sea off the east of the Korean peninsula early on Saturday, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported, citing the Joint Chiefs of Staff in South Korea.

The rockets, which are believed to be old Soviet-developed FROG rockets that North Korea has had since the 1960s, flew for 60 km (37 miles) before crashing into the sea, Yonhap said.

Six days ago, North Korea had fired 25 short-range rockets into the sea off its east coast.

South Korea believes the short-range rocket launches conducted by North Korea this month are an "armed protest" against the South Korean-U.S. military drills that are currently taking place.

The North has denounced the joint military exercises as a preparation for war while Seoul and Washington have said the annual drills are defensive in nature.

Early last year, North Korea conducted its third nuclear weapons test, having successfully launched a long-range rocket in 2012 that critics say was aimed at proving technology for an intercontinental ballistic missile.

Both of those are banned under U.N. sanctions.

(Reporting by Narae Kim; Editing by Mohammad Zargham)

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Comments (4)
pbgd wrote:
The ocean around North Korea must be full of dead fish.

Mar 21, 2014 9:14pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
pbgd wrote:
The ocean around North Korea must be full of dead fish.

Mar 21, 2014 9:14pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
JoeSchmoe123 wrote:
Oh no! It’s a bad day to be a sea monster when Pugsley hits the sauce!

Mar 22, 2014 1:07am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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