Seoul: NKorea fired short-range missiles into sea

FILE - In this Monday, May 20, 2013 file photo, a mock Scud-B missile of North Korea, left, and other South Korean missiles are displayed at the Korea War Memorial Museum in Seoul, South Korea. South Korea says Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, North Korea has fired 4 suspected short-range missiles into eastern waters. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
FILE - In this Monday, May 20, 2013 file photo, a mock Scud-B missile of North Korea, left, and other South Korean missiles are displayed at the Korea War Memorial Museum in Seoul, South Korea. South Korea says Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, North Korea has fired 4 suspected short-range missiles into eastern waters. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea says North Korea has fired four suspected short-range missiles into its eastern waters.

A Defense Ministry official said North Korea fired four projectiles believed to be short-range missiles with a range of more than 200 kilometers (about 125 miles) into the waters off its east coast. The official spoke anonymously citing department rules.

North Korea routinely conducts short-range missile tests but Thursday’s launch came three days after South Korea and the U.S. began their annual military drills which Pyongyang calls a rehearsal for invasion. North Korea has recently eased tension by taking a series of conciliatory gestures toward South Korea.

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