North Korea fires five short-range projectiles

Seoul, Mar. 21 (ANI): North Korea on Monday fired five unidentified short-range projectiles from an area to the south of Hamhung city, South Hamgyong province, despite strict UN sanctions, according to the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS).

The JCS in a statement said that the projectiles flew about 200 kilometers towards the sea to the east of the Korean peninsula, from between 3:19 p.m. to 4:05 p.m. [South Korean time (2:19 a.m to 3:05 a.m. ET)], reports CNN.

The JCS had previously reported the launch of four projectiles. The statement also said that Seoul was closely tracking and monitoring the situation and was maintaining full readiness posture.

North Korea since February has fired 15 various projective over four occasions. Monday’s launch is the second one in less than a week the Pyongyang has launched projectiles.

It had fired two ballistic missiles near Sukchon county, South Pyongan province, on the country’s west coast on Friday.

The launches come amid joint military exercise between the U.S. and South Korea, which has angered Pyongyang.

The Security Council had earlier two weeks ago imposed strictest sanctions to North Korea after it carried out its fourth nuclear test in January and fired a rocket in February.

Despite drawing flak from UN, the US, Pyongyang remains adamant on it move.

Kim Jong-Un, the supreme leader of North Korea, had last week ordered multiple ballistic missile launches and a nuclear warhead test drawing concerns about the regime’s relentless move.(ANI)

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