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.

{mosads}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 Un 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.

Tags Foreign policy Kim Jong Un Missiles National security North Korea Nuclear weapons

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