North Korea fires 30 short-range rockets

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (C) provides field guidance during a visit to a machine plant managed by Kang Thae Ho in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang March 20, 2014. REUTERS/KCNA

North Korea fired 30 short-range rockets into the sea off the east of the Korean peninsula early on Saturday, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported, citing the Joint Chiefs of Staff in South Korea.

The rockets, which are believed to be old Soviet-developed FROG rockets that North Korea has had since the 1960s, flew for 60 km (37 miles) before crashing into the sea, Yonhap said.

Six days ago, North Korea had fired 25 short-range rockets into the sea off its east coast.

South Korea believes the short-range rocket launches conducted by North Korea this month are an “armed protest” against the South Korean-U.S. military drills that are currently taking place.


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