In response to field exercises of the United States and South Korea, North Korea has fired two missiles at the sea. Pyongyang sees the maneuver as a sign of hostility.

In response to the onset of joint maneuvers of the armed forces of the United States and South Korea has fired two short-range missiles towards the open sea North Korean military. The two missiles were flown from the West Coast of the country in the direction of the Sea of ​​Japan (East Sea), informed the General Staff of the South Korean army. The missiles are about 490 kilometers flown. It had probably acted to Scud missiles.

Despite protests from North Korea , the US and South Korea began to plan the nearly two-month maneuvers and a twelve-day training command, said a Defense Ministry spokesman in Seoul.

Both sides had previously rejected claims North Korea, the spring exercises were preparing an attack. The communist regime in Pyongyang had the maneuver as a sign of hostile US policy criticized.

In January, had North Korea a provisional waiver of new nuclear weapons tests offered if the US to suspend its military exercises with South Korea. But Washington declined the offer as “indirect threat” from.

The two Koreas have been discussing this year the possibility of holding a third summit between their leaders, since the country had been divided 70 years ago. About the details of which it had, however, occurred in recent weeks discrepancies, which is still a big question mark behind a realization of the meeting.

The Korean peninsula remains formally considered in a state of war since the Korean War from 1950 to 1953 was not ended in a peace agreement, but only in an armistice. Around 28,500 US troops are stationed in South Korea as a deterrent.