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N Korea Fires Short-Range Projectiles into Sea Amid Rising Tension

Kim Jong-un said last week that the country would soon test a nuclear warhead and ballistic missiles.

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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un  provides field guidance at the newly built National Space Development General Satellite Control and Command Centre  in Pyongyang. (Photo: Reuters)

North Korea fired five short-range projectiles into the sea, off its east coast on Monday, South Korea‘s military said, amid heightened tension over the isolated country’s nuclear and rocket programmes.

The unidentified projectiles were launched from the south of Hamhung and flew about 200 km, landing in waters east of North Korea, South Korea‘s Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement.

A man watches a TV news program showing a file footage of the missile launch conducted by North Korea, at Seoul Railway Station (Photo: AP)
A man watches a TV news program showing a file footage of the missile launch conducted by North Korea, at Seoul Railway Station (Photo: AP)

On Friday, North Korea fired two mid-range ballistic missiles into the sea in defiance of tough new UN and US sanctions slapped on the country following nuclear and rocket tests earlier this year.

North Korea should refrain from all provocative actions, including missile launches, which are in clear violation of UN resolutions. 
Sung Kim, US special envoy to North Korea

In recent weeks, North Korea has stepped up its bellicose rhetoric, threatening pre-emptive nuclear strikes against Washington and Seoul and firing short-range missiles and artillery into the sea.

The North protests annual ongoing joint US-South Korea military drills.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said last week that the country would soon test a nuclear warhead and ballistic missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads in what would be a direct violation of UN resolutions that have the backing of Pyongyang’s chief ally, China.

A 2015 file photo of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. (Photo: Reuters/KCNA)
A 2015 file photo of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. (Photo: Reuters/KCNA)

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said China was “deeply concerned” about the situation on the Korean peninsula.

We hope North Korea does not do anything to contravene U.N. Security Council resolutions. We also hope all sides can remain calm and exercise restraint and avoid doing anything to exacerbate confrontation or tensions. 
Hua Chunying, spokesperson, Chinese Foreign Ministry

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