North Korea, angered by drills, fires short-range missiles




 
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March 2nd, 2015  
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By Ju-min Park SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea fired two short-range missiles off its east coast on Monday, South Korean officials said, a defiant response to annual military exercises between South Korea and the United States but one which drew a swift protest from Japan. The firing came hours before the U.S.-South Korean military exercises were scheduled to begin, drills which the secretive North denounces as a preparation for war. The missiles hit the sea early on Monday morning after traveling for about 490 km (305 miles), according to South Korea's defense ministry. Ministry spokesman Kim Min-seok said North Korea fired the missiles without designating any no-sail zones, which was regarded as a provocation.




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