North Korea ‘fires missiles’ into sea hours after UN vote

Written by on March 3, 2016

This picture, taken by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency on March 7, 2013 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (C) using a pair of binocular to look south as he inspects Jangjae Islet Defence Detachment near South Korea's Taeyonphyong Island in South Hwanghae province, North Korea's southwestern sector of the front.   AFP PHOTO / KCNA via KNS ---EDITORS NOTE--- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / KCNA VIA KNS" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS        (Photo credit should read KNS/AFP/Getty Images)

North Korea has fired several short-range projectiles into the sea. It comes hours after the UN Security Council unanimously voted to impose some of its strongest ever sanctions against North Korea for its recent nuclear test and long-range rocket launch.


It also comes shortly after Seoul’s parliament passed its first legislation on human rights in North Korea.


South Korea’s defence ministry spokesman Moon Sang Gyun said the projectiles were fired from the eastern coastal town of Wonsan in the early hours of today, adding that authorities were trying to determine what exactly North Korea fired.


The defence ministry said the projectiles could be missiles, artillery or rockets adding that all the objects fell into the sea. The new UN measures will result in all cargo going to and from the country being inspected, while sixteen new individuals and twelve organizations have been blacklisted.

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