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N. Korea fires Scud missiles as US-S. Korea hold drills

Published on Mar 4, 2014 5:42 AM
Rockets are launched from a K-136 multiple launch rocket system during a live-fire training exercise at a coast near the demilitarized zone (DMZ) which separates the two Koreas in Goseong, about 330 km north-east of Seoul, on March 3, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

SEOUL (AFP) - North Korea fired short-range Scud missiles off its east coast for the second time in a week, drawing condemnation from Washington and Seoul as the allies held joint military exercises.

South Korea called Monday's missile launches a "reckless provocation" while the United States demanded the North show restraint and abide by UN Security Council resolutions.

The two Scud missiles "flew in a northeasterly direction and landed in the sea," Pentagon spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Damien Pickart told AFP.

The United States is "closely monitoring the situation on the Korean peninsula," he said.

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