Korean tensions building: South Korea says North fired short-range projectile

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un meets scientists and technicians in the field of researches into nuclear weapons in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang March 9, 2016. [CBS News]

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea says North Korea has fired a short-range projectile from an area near its eastern coast in what appeared to be another weapons test. Officials say the test is seen as a response to ongoing military drills between Washington and Seoul.

South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff says the projectile was fired Tuesday from an area near the North Korean port city of Wonsan and flew about 200 kilometers (125 miles) toward an inland area in the country’s northwest.

An official with the Joint Chiefs of Staff says it is unclear whether the projectile crashed inland or overflew its target and landed in the sea. He says it was also unclear whether the projectile was a ballistic missile or artillery shell.

North Korea usually test-fires its missiles and artillery into the sea.

This is a developing story. Stay with WRBL News3 for updates.

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