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Monday, March 02, 2015

North Korea, angered by drills, fires short-range missiles

North Korea fired two short-range missiles off its east coast on Monday, South Korean officials said, a defiant response to annual military exercises between South Korea and the United States but one which drew a swift protest from Japan.

The firing came hours before the U.S.-South Korean military exercises were scheduled to begin, drills which the secretive North denounces as a preparation for war.

The missiles hit the sea early on Monday morning after traveling for about 490 km (305 miles), according to South Korea's defense ministry.

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