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U.S. says it's closely monitoring situation after N. Korea fires missiles

All Headlines 09:26 March 10, 2016

WASHINGTON, March 9 (Yonhap) -- The United States is closely monitoring the situation on the Korean Peninsula, the Defense Department said Thursday, after North Korea fired two short-range missiles into the East Sea.

"We have seen the reports. We are closely monitoring the situation," Cmdr. Bill Urban, a Pentagon spokesman, told Yonhap News Agency without elaborating.

According to South Korea's Joint Chief of Staff (JCS), the two missiles were fired around 5:20 a.m. Thursday morning (Seoul time) from North Hwanghae Province and hit waters northeast of the port city of Wonsan.

The missiles flew some 500 kilometers, sources said.

The firings are the latest in a series of provocative statements and acts the North has engaged in as South Korea and the U.S. have been conducting annual joint military exercises Pyongyang has long branded as a rehearsal for invasion.

jschang@yna.co.kr
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