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North Korea test-fires 16 rockets into sea: South Korea

Published on Mar 23, 2014 10:38 AM

SEOUL (AFP) - North Korea test-fired 16 short-range rockets into the sea on Sunday, the South's military said - the latest of dozens launched in recent weeks in apparent protest at joint drills between Seoul and Washington.

The launches took place between about 1am (12 midnight Singapore time) and 2.30am off the North's east coast, a South Korean defence ministry spokesman told AFP.

"They were rockets with a range of about 60 kilometres," he said, adding the projectiles were old versions of Russian-made, unguided Frog rockets.

It is not unusual for Pyongyang to carry out such tests but there has been a spate of them in recent weeks. About 70 short-range rockets have been fired into the sea this month, including 30 on Saturday.

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