North Korea fires four short-range missilesUpdated: 2014-02-27 20:41:34 (KST)
We begin with the latest confirmation that North Korea fired four short-range missiles into the East Sea earlier this evening.
For more details, let's go live on the phone to Arirang News' correspondent Park Ji-won.
Ji-won, what do we know so far?
Korea's defense ministry has confirmed that North Korea fired off four projectiles, which are believed to have been Scud-ballistic missiles, at 5:42 this Thursday evening.
The four short-range missiles were launched from North Korea's southeastern coast, in an area called Gitdaeryeong into the East Sea in a northeasterly direction.
Gitdaeryeong is a mountainous region with a missile launching pad, and is located some 40 kilometers south of the North Korean port city of Wonsan, North Korea's strategic and military foothold.
It's the first missile launch for North Korea in nine months.
Last May, North Korea fired off three missiles into the East Sea.
South Korean defense ministry officials say the missiles are believed to have a range of some two-hundred kilometers.
The ministry believes, the missile launch was in response to the ongoing South Korea-U.S. joint military drills on the Korean peninsula.
It added that South Korean military forces are prepared for any possible provocation from the North.
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