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North Korea fires projectiles into East Sea Tuesday Updated: 2014-03-05 09:28:48 KST

We begin with the latest on North Korea's binge of missile firings
On Tuesday Pyongyang launched several projectiles into the East Sea in another sign of its apparent protest against the ongoing South Korea-U.S. joint military drills.
We are going to connect to our Kim Hyun-bin who is standing by at Seoul's Defense Ministry for the latest.

Hey Mark.
North Korea fired total of seven short-range projectiles using a multiple rocket launcher into the East Sea on Tuesday.
Four of the missiles were launched from the newly developed multiple rocket launcher and have a range of about 150 kilometers.
The three missiles fired in the morning flew about 55 kilometers.
The regime also fired four short-range missiles into its eastern waters last Thursday and then two Scud-C short range missiles on Monday.
North Korea has developed the multiple rocket launcher called the KN-09 which is presumed to have a target distance of 200 kilometers which means that when shot from the border it could reach Gyeryongdae where joint military bases of South Korea's Army, Air Force and Navy headquarters are located.

Why is North Korea doing these test-firings now? Seemed as though inter Korean relations were imrpoving recently

Pyongyang called out Washington earlier on Tuesday for deploying its nuclear-powered submarine to South Korea's southernmost port city of Busan as part of the joint military drills.
South Korea's Defense Ministry spokesperson Kim Min-seok labeled Tuesday's launches as explicit acts of aggression against the ongoing joint South Korea-U.S. military drills,.. adding that they are keeping a close watch on the possibility of additional provocations to come.

Ok, Hyun-bin. Thanks for your report. That was our Kim Hyun-bin reporting from the Defense Ministry.


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