Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said North Korea fired four ballistic missiles into the Sea of Japan on Sunday, with three landing in his country’s exclusive economic zone. A South Korean Defense Ministry spokesman said “several projectiles” fired from North Korea’s North Pyongan province flew about 620 miles. The U.S. and South Korea are conducting annual joint military exercises, which are viewed by North Korea as being practice for an invasion; during last year’s exercises, North Korea fired several short- to medium-range missiles, and said the country was capable of putting nuclear warheads on its weapons. In February, North Korea launched a new type of medium-long range ballistic missile, which traveled 310 miles.
BREAKING: South Korea: North Korea fired several banned ballistic missiles that flew about 1,000 km into ocean off its east coast.
— The Associated Press (@AP) March 6, 2017