N. Korea Fires Apparent Cruise Missiles toward Sea of Japan

Politics

Seoul, April 14 (Jiji Press)--North Korea fired several projectiles presumed to be short-range cruise missiles from Munchon, Kangwon Province, on its eastern coast toward the Sea of Japan early Tuesday morning, according to South Korea's military.

The latest launch could be a ploy by Pyongyang ahead of South Korea's general election Wednesday, some observers said. Last month, the North launched apparent short-range ballistic missiles four times.

On Tuesday, North Korea began firing the missiles around 7 a.m. (10 p.m. Monday GMT). They traveled about 150 kilometers.

The missiles are believed to be the same in type as surface-to-ship cruise missiles fired in June 2017.

Also on Tuesday, North Korea flew several fighter jets above the eastern part of the country and fired antisurface missiles.

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