North Korea Fires Rockets into Sea

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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.

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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