North Korea Fires Rockets into Sea

TEHRAN (Tasnim) - North Korea test-fired ten rockets into the sea, South Korea's Defense Ministry said, the latest in a series of launches that have provoked criticism from Seoul and Washington.

North Korea Fires Rockets into Sea

The rockets were fired off the North's east coast and flew about 70km into the Sea of Japan, a ministry spokesman said.

"Following the North's rocket launch at 6:20pm (09:20 GMT), our military has maintained a close watch for possible North Korean provocations," the spokesman said Sunday.

South Korean troops have increased vigilance following a series of launches of rockets or missiles, AFP reported.

The activity coincides with annual South Korean-US military exercises that started in February and will run until mid-April.

Pyongyang routinely condemns such joint exercises as rehearsals for an invasion, while Seoul and Washington say they are purely defensive.

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