N. Korea Fires Multiple Projectiles

Politics

Seoul, Aug. 2 (Jiji Press)--North Korea launched projectiles twice toward the Sea of Japan from a point around Yonghung in the eastern part of the country early Friday, according to the South Korean military's Joint Chiefs of Staff.

The launches were carried out around 2:59 a.m. (5:59 Thursday GMT) and around 3:23 a.m.

An official of the South Korean military said that it is keeping a close watch on the situation and remains prepared to respond to more launches.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has been demanding that the United States and South Korea cancel their joint military exercise slated to start on Monday.

The latest launches, the third such action by North Korea in less than 10 days, may have been intended to show Pyongyang's frustration at the planned drill and demonstrate its confrontational posture, analysts said.

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