North Korea fires missiles into sea as US defense chief visits region

April 9, 2015 06:45

SEOUL - North Korea has fired two surface-to-air missiles off its west coast, South Korea said on Thursday, with the latest in a string of short-range firings by the North coming during a visit to the region by the US defense secretary.

"The range of these is not that long," Defense Ministry spokesman Kim Min-seok told a briefing, referring to the surface-to-air missiles fired on Wednesday.

"The North occasionally fires these," Kim said.

US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter was in Japan on Wednesday and was due to travel to South Korea on Thursday, where he is expected to discuss a response to North Korea's growing missile and nuclear threat.

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