North Korea fires two missiles: Seoul

North Korea on Wednesday fired two suspected short-range missiles off its eastern coast in the latest in a series of missile tests, South Korea said.

AFP| Last Updated: Jul 09, 2014, 05:43 AM IST

Seoul: North Korea on Wednesday fired two suspected short-range missiles off its eastern coast in the latest in a series of missile tests, South Korea said.

A spokesman for the Joint Chiefs of Staff in Seoul said the North had fired what appeared to be two short-range missiles from its western province of Hwanghae into the Sea of Japan off its eastern coast.
"We suspect they were short-range ballistic missiles", the spokesman told AFP.

The latest test came after the North vowed last week to push ahead with further strategic guided-missile tests, defying international calls to curb its weapons programme.

North Korea has conducted a series of missile tests in the past week -- seen by some as a display of pique with Chinese President Xi Jinping`s two-day state visit to Seoul.
China is North Korea`s sole major ally, but while Xi has met four times with South Korean President Park Geun-Hye -- including at two summits -- he has yet to sit down with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.