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North Korea fires more rockets

North Korea has fired more short-range rockets into its eastern waters for a second successive day, Seoul says.

That is apparently a continuation of protests against ongoing US-South Korean military drills.

Colonel Eom Hyo-sik of Seoul's joint chiefs of staff says the North launched 16 short-range rockets with a range of 37 miles early this morning.

The North had fired 30 rockets with a similar range early yesterday.

This is the fifth time the North has fired projectiles this month. One of the earlier launches happened minutes before a Chinese commercial plane reportedly carrying 202 people flew in the same area.

Pyongyang claims its rocket launches are part of routine drills and self-defensive in nature.

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