North Korea fired a short-range missile over the sea off its east coast on Tuesday as a response to U.N. sanctions imposed upon it, South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency said, citing a military official.
According to the news agency, the missile was fired from the North Korean resort town at Wonsan at 5.40 p.m. (0840 GMT) and flew north east for about 200 km over the sea before it appeared to make contact with land.
The move by North Korea is coming days after it released a video depicting a nuclear attack on Washington.
: Philippines seize North Korean ship The four-minute state media video titled “Last Chance” which was put together to show Pyongyang’s anger towards joint military drills between the United States and South Korea shows a digitally created scene of a missile being fired by a North Korean submarine which wipes out the US capital.
North Korea has continued to hit out against the joint military drills saying they are a dress rehearsal for an invasion, as Kim Jong-un has warned that his military was prepared to attack Seoul’s presidential palace unless South Korean President Park Geun-hye apologised for “treason” and executed officials Pyongyang accuses of planning to attack it.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has presided over a string of short-range missile launches in recent weeks in what North Korean state media has characterized as a response to U.N. sanctions imposed for its fourth nuclear test in January.
U.S. President Barack Obama will meet South Korean President Park Geun-hye and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday to discuss North Korea’s nuclear program, the White House said on Monday.
The meeting on the sidelines of a Nuclear Security Summit in Washington will take place the same day Obama talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
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