North Korea has launched short-range projectiles in the direction of the Sea of Japan, South Korean Yonhap News Agency reports.

The missiles flew for about 200 kilometers before landing off the east coast of the Korean peninsula, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement as cited by Reuters.

The South Korean military said the missiles were launched from the northeastern city of Hamhung at around 15:19 (06:19 GMT).

“Our military is keeping close tabs on the situation and standing by with a heightened defense posture,” the JCS said, according to the Yonhap news agency.

This latest launch comes days after Pyongyang carried out a ballistic missile test, firing two rockets into the sea. North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-Un said the secretive nation would carry out further ballistic and nuclear tests.

“A nuclear warhead explosion test and a test-fire of several kinds of ballistic rockets able to carry nuclear warheads will be conducted in a short time to further enhance the reliance of nuclear attack capability,” Kim said according to the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on March 15.

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