North Korea fired two short-range missiles from its east coast on Monday, Seoul’s defense ministry said, in its latest provocation seen as a reaction to the ongoing joint military drills between South Korea and the United States. One missile was fired from the Gitdaeryeong area and the other from Wonsan, both on the North’s southeastern coast, in a northeast direction beginning at 6:19 a.m.

“The missiles are evaluated to have flown over 500 km,” the ministry said, adding the missiles were believed to be Scud-C type. Last Thursday, Pyongyang fired four Scud missiles from the same area, which flew about 220 km in a northeast direction. The latest firings came as South Korea and the U.S. have been conducting annual joint military exercises that Pyongyang has condemned as a rehearsal for an invasion of the communist nation.

On the first day of the Key Resolve drills last week, the North briefly violated the tense western sea border three times. ”North Korea should immediately stop provocative acts,” defense ministry spokesman Kim Min-seok said, saying the South Korean military has stepped up its vigilance against further provocations. YONHAP AGENCY


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