North Korea test-fires missiles

South Korea claims Pyongyang is testing arsenal in response to US military drills

A South Korean soldier takes a position during a drill earlier this week. Officials claimed today that North Korea had test-fired missiles in its eastern waters. Photograph: Shin Yeong-geun/Reuters

A South Korean soldier takes a position during a drill earlier this week. Officials claimed today that North Korea had test-fired missiles in its eastern waters. Photograph: Shin Yeong-geun/Reuters

 

North Korea has test-fired a pair of short-range missiles into its eastern waters in a likely response to ongoing routine US-South Korea n military drills, according to officals in South Korea.

A military official in Seoul said the North launched what appeared to be KN-02 missiles during its own drills.

North Korea routinely launches short-range missiles in an effort to improve its arsenal.

The latest test comes at a time of rising tension. Pyongyang has threatened nuclear strikes on Seoul and Washington because of the drills and recent UN sanctions over its third nuclear test.

Analysts say Pyongyang’s threats are partly an attempt to push Washington to agree to disarmament-for-aid talks.