N. Korea Fires Short-Range Missile Over Sea

SEOUL (Reuters) -
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A rocket is launched during a demonstration of a new large-caliber multiple-rocket launching system attended by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (not pictured) at an unknown location, in this undated photo released by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on March 22. (Reuters/KCNA)

North Korea fired a short-range missile over the sea off its east coast on Tuesday, South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency said, citing a military official.

The missile was fired from the North Korean resort town at Wonsan at 5.40 p.m. local time and flew northeast for about 124 miles (200 km) over the sea before it appeared to make contact with land, Yonhap said.

Leader Kim Jong Un has presided over a string of short-range missile launches in recent weeks in what state media have characterized as a response to U.N. sanctions imposed upon the isolated country for its fourth nuclear test in January.

U.S. President Barack Obama will meet South Korean President Park Geun-hye and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday to discuss North Korea’s nuclear program, the White House said on Monday.

The meeting on the sidelines of a Nuclear Security Summit in Washington will take place the same day Obama talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping.