Visitors walk past replicas of a North Korean Scud-B missile, right, and South Korean Hawk surface-to-air missiles, left, at the Korean War Memorial n March 3 in Seoul. (Jung Yeon-Je / AFP/Getty Images)
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA — North Korea on Wednesday fired two suspected short-range missiles off its eastern coast in the latest in a series of missile tests, South Korea said.
A spokesman for the Joint Chiefs of Staff in Seoul said the North had fired what appeared to be two short-range missiles from its western province of Hwanghae into the Sea of Japan off its eastern coast.
“We suspect they were short-range ballistic missiles,” the spokesman told AFP.
The latest test came after the North vowed last week to push ahead with further strategic guided-missile tests, defying international calls to curb its weapons program.
North Korea has conducted a series of missile tests in the past week — seen by some as a display of pique with Chinese President Xi Jinping’s two-day state visit to Seoul.
China is North Korea’s sole major ally, but while Xi has met four times with South Korean President Park Geun-Hye — including at two summits — he has yet to sit down with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.