North Korea launched five short-range projectiles into the sea off its east coast on Monday, a show of defiance as it faces tighter sanctions following its nuclear and rocket tests earlier this year.
The projectiles were fired from an area north of the city of Hamhung and flew about 200 kilometers after their launch at 3:19 pm Seoul time, according to a South Korean defense ministry spokesman.
Pyongyang’s move came just a couple of hours before Sung Kim, US special representative on North Korea, told reporters that he has agreed with South Korean officials that new UN sanctions on North Korea should be implemented “with vigor and energy”, the Wall Street Journal noted.
The new measures include mandatory inspections of all cargo coming from or going to North Korea and a ban on some trade in resources.
The sanctions were imposed following Pyongyang’s fourth nuclear test on Jan. 6 and a long-range-rocket launch on Feb. 7 that was widely seen as a test of ballistic-missile technology.
North Korea is barred from both forms of testing under UN resolutions.
“They should refrain from all provocative actions including missile tests, which are a clear violation of Security Council resolutions,” Sung Kim was quoted as saying when asked about the latest test.
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