North Korea has launched short-range rockets into the sea off its east coast for a second straight day, according to South Korean officials, in what is believed to be Pyongyang\’s way of protesting US-South Korean military drills.
South Korea\’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said the North fired 16 short-range rockets into its eastern waters in the early hours of Sunday, following similar launches of 30 rockets early Saturday.
A South Korean military spokesman said the rockets have a range of about 60 kilometers, adding that they were old versions of Russian-made unguided FROG rockets.
Analysts say the launches are an expression of Pyongyang\’s anger at ongoing annual South Korean – U.S. military drills, which run until next month.
The North routinely criticizes the drills, saying they are rehearsals for an invasion.