North Korea fires projectiles into sea after new UN sanctions

    North Korea fires projectiles into sea after new UN sanctions

    March 3, Seoul: North Korea has fired six short-range projectiles into the sea, South Korea's defence ministry said.

    The move came just hours after the UN Security Council approved the toughest sanctions on Pyongyang in two decades for its recent nuclear test and long-range rocket launch.

    The launches on Thursday morning also come shortly after Seoul's parliament passed its first legislation on human rights in North Korea.

    Defence spokesman Moon Sang Gyun said the projectiles were fired from the eastern coastal town of Wonsan, adding that authorities were trying to determine what exactly North Korea fired, according to the reports.

    According to the defence ministry, the projectiles could be missiles.

    North Korea routinely test-fires missiles and rockets, but it often conducts more weapons launches when angered at international condemnation.

    Pyongyang conducted its fourth nuclear test in January, making the widely disputed claim that it successfully detonated a hydrogen bomb.

    The official North Korean news agency KCNA said on Monday the proposed sanctions were "a wanton infringement on [North Korea's] sovereignty and grave challenge to it".

    The Oslo Times


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