North Korea fired on Saturday, three short-range guided missiles to the waters of the east, which set off the alarm bells in the region and reactivated tensions with its neighbor South Korea and its allies, including the United States.
North Korea fired two missiles on Saturday morning and another in the afternoon, said by telephone Kim Min-seok, spokesman for the Ministry of Defense of South Korea. He added that the intention of the North was not clear.
North Korea, by Security Council of the UN resolutions, is forbidden to do missile testing. Nevertheless, earlier this year, threatened with nuclear strikes against Seoul and Washington, due to annual military exercises from United States and South Korea and the sanctions of the United Nations imposed over its third nuclear test on February.
Analysts say North Korean threats were part of an attempt to pressure Washington to accept disarmament talks in exchange for aid.