North Korea says it successfully conducted test launches of ballistic missiles by military units commissioned to attack US forces in Japan.
The North's official Korean Central News Agency said on Tuesday that artillery units tasked with striking US bases in Japan fired 4 ballistic missiles simultaneously under the watch of the country's leader Kim Jong Un.
The report is believed to be referring to 4 missiles launched from an area near Tongchang-ri on the country's northwestern coast on Monday morning.
They flew about 1,000 kilometers eastward toward the Sea of Japan. Three of them fell into Japan's exclusive economic zone.
The latest missile launches are thought to be in response to the US-South Korea joint military exercise that began last Wednesday.
The report said the North's artillerymen had a burning desire to retaliate against the enemies going ahead with joint war exercises and pushing the situation on the Korean Peninsula to the edge of nuclear war.
The news agency also said that Kim ordered officials accompanying him to continue developing ultra-precision rockets and to bolster them in quality and quantity.