N. Korea fires pro­jec­tiles for 2nd day

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North Korea fired short-range pro­jec­tiles into the sea for a sec­ond con­sec­u­tive day Fri­day in an ap­par­ent protest against on­go­ing U.S.-South Korean mil­i­tary drills, South Korean of­fi­cials said.

Four pro­jec­tiles with a range of 140 kilo­me­ters ( 87 miles) were fired into wa­ters off North Korea’s west coast on Fri­day, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a state­ment. It said North Korea also fired the same type of short-range pro­jec­tile on Thurs­day.

It said the pro­jec­tiles were seen as a protest against the mil­i­tary drills, which North Korea says are a re­hearsal for an in­va­sion.

South Korea and the U.S. have re­peat­edly said the drills are de­fen­sive in na­ture. The drills be­gan early last month and are to end on April 24.

North Korea usu­ally re­sponds to South Korea-U.S. drills with its own mil­i­tary train­ing in­volv­ing mis­sile and rocket launches. South Korean of­fi­cials said North Korea fired mis­siles into the sea at least two times last month.

Ear­lier this year, North Korea said it was will­ing to im­pose a tem­po­rary mora­to­rium on its nu­clear tests if Wash­ing­ton can­celed the drills. The U.S. re­jected the of­fer.

The U.S. sta­tions about 28,500 troops in South Korea in a le­gacy of the 1950- 53 Korean War, which ended with an ar­mistice, not a peace treaty.

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