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North Korea fires 16 more rockets

on March 23, 2014 1:10 AM

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea said North Korea has fired more short-range rockets into its eastern waters for a second straight day. That’s apparently a continuation of protests of ongoing U.S.-South Korean military drills.

Colonel Eom Hyo-sik of Seoul’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said the North launched 16 short-range rockets with a range of 37 miles early this morning. The North had fired 30 rockets with a similar range early Saturday.

This is the fifth time the North has fired projectiles this month.

One of the earlier launches happened minutes before a Chinese commercial plane reportedly carrying 202 people flew in the same area.

Pyongyang claims its rocket launches are part of routine drills and self-defensive in nature.

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