SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea fired 25 short-range rockets into the sea off its east coast Sunday in an apparent continuation of protests against ongoing U.S.-South Korean military drills, South Korean officials said.
Such short-range rocket tests are usually considered routine, as opposed to North Korean long-range rocket or nuclear tests, which are internationally condemned as provocations. North Korea has conducted a string of similar short-range launches in recent weeks that have coincided with the annual military drills by allies Washington and Seoul.
On Sunday, North Korea launched 25 rockets with a range of about 44 miles and they landed in international waters off the North’s east coast, according to South Korea’s Defense Ministry. An investigation on their trajectory showed the rockets are believed to be unguided, old Soviet-developed FROG rockets that North Korea has been possessing since the 1960s, ministry spokesman Kim Min-seok said today.