North Korea fires three ballistic missiles

Monday, 05 September 2016 - 13:41

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North Korea has fired three ballistic missiles off its east coast, according to South Korea's military, in a show of force apparently timed to coincide with the ongoing G20 economic summit in China.

South Korea's joint chiefs of staff said in a statement on Monday that the three missiles, launched from the western North Korean town of Hwangju, flew across the country before splashing in the Sea of Japan off its east coast.

All three missiles were medium-range Rodong class and flew about 1,000km, South Korea's military said.

At least one of the missiles fell into Japan's Air Defence Identification Zone, a South Korean military official told Reuters news agency by telephone.

The development came as world leaders gathered for the G20 summit of advanced and emerging economies in Hangzhou in eastern China.