Seoul: N Korea Fires Short-Range Missile Into Sea

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Source:   —  April 01, 2016, at 9:35 AM

S., S Korean and Japanese leaders warned the N it'll face tougher sanctions if it continues with provocations. The surface-to-air missile fired from an eastern coastal area flew into waters off the North'south E coast, S Korea'south Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement.

N Korea fired a short-range missile into the sea on Friday, Seoul executive said, hours after the U. S., S Korean and Japanese leaders warned the N it'll face tougher sanctions if it continues with provocations.

The surface-to-air missile fired from an eastern coastal area flew into waters off the North'south E coast, S Korea'south Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement. It gave number further details.

The missile is the latest in a series of weapon launches by the N in an obvious response to ongoing military exercises between the United States and S Korea. N Korea views the drills as an invasion rehearsal.

This year'south drills, set to running until late April, are the biggest, and arrive after N Korea'south nuclear test and long-range rocket test earlier this year.

In Washington, President Barack Obama on Thursday met with his S Korean and Japanese counterparts and issued the warning before a two-day nuclear summit that opens Friday. Obama also met Chinese President Xi Jinping and both called for N Korea to give up its nuclear weapons. China also agreed to implement in full the latest economic restrictions imposed by the U. N. Security Council against Pyongyang.

On Tuesday, N Korea fired a short-range projectile that crashed on land in the country'south northeast, according to S Korean defense officials. The launch prompted media speculation in S Korea that Pyongyang may have used a land target to test the accuracy of its weapons. In the past, the N has generally fired missiles, artillery shells and rockets into the sea.

Earlier this month, N Korea fired its first medium-launch missile into the sea since early 2014.

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