North Korea fires short-range missile into sea: report

North Korea on Friday fired a short-range missile into the waters off its eastern coast, according to The Associated Press.

The test came hours after U.S., Japanese and South Korean leaders agreed to cooperate on a push to keep Pyongyang from acquiring nuclear weapons.


Friday’s launch is the latest in a string of such missile trials, seemingly in retaliation for joint military exercises between South Korea and the U.S.

This year’s drills run until late April, marking the biggest version yet following North Korea’s nuclear and long-range missile tests earlier this year.

Pyongyang earlier this week also fired a short-range missile at land in the Asian nation’s northeast, AP reported.

That launch sparked media speculation in South Korea that its rival is testing the accuracy of its weapons against land targets. North Korea typically aims tests of its artillery shells, missiles and rockets into the sea.

South Korea blamed Pyongyang on Friday for allegedly jamming its GPS signals with radio waves. The alleged attack did not disrupt major South Korean air, military, transportation or telecommunication systems, though.

President Obama on Thursday emphasized the extreme danger of North Korean leader Kim Jong UnKim Jong UnKim: North Korea's nuclear weapons will prevent war The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Rep. Angie Craig says we need an equitable distribution plan for an eventual vaccine that reaches all communities; Moderna vaccine enters phase 3 trial in US today North Korea declares state of emergency due to a suspected COVID-19 case MORE acquiring nuclear arms.

“The international community must remain united in the face of North Korea’s continued provocations, including its recent nuclear test and missiles launches,” Obama said in a Washington Post op-ed.

Obama also met with Chinese leader Xi Jinping on Thursday to discuss how they can keep nuclear arms from North Korea.

Xi wants American involvement in diplomatic talks with Pyongyang, while Obama hopes China will help implement economic sanctions against North Korea as well.