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N. Korea fired 3 surface-to-air missiles last week: Seoul official

All News 22:15 April 04, 2016

SEOUL, April 4 (Yonhap) -- North Korea launched three surface-to-air missiles into waters off its east coast last week instead of just one as was initially announced by the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS), a Seoul military official said Monday.

On Friday, the North fired off an anti-aircraft missile at around 12:45 p.m. from South Hamgyong Province in the country's northeastern area. The missile was fired toward the East Sea, according to the JCS.

"It is understood that North Korea fired off three surface-to-air missiles from the South Hamgyong Province area," said the official requesting anonymity.

The official said following the first launch, the North fired two additional surface-to-air missiles, without giving further details.

The North has fired off several short-range projectiles and ballistic missiles since March in protest against growing international pressure and ongoing joint South Korea-U.S. military exercises.

South Korea's military maintains a policy to disclose details of North Korea's firing of ballistic missiles but does not release detailed information in case of surface-to-air missiles.

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