North Korea Fires Four Short-range Missiles, Says South Korea

According to the South Korean Defense Ministry the rockets were fired at 5:42 PM local time from a mountain site just north of the border between the two nation.

North Korea fired four short-range missiles toward the sea off the country's east coast on Thursday, a media official at South Korea's Defense Ministry said, while providing no information on the purpose of the firing.

North Korea fired the missiles at 5:42 p.m. (0842 GMT) from a mountain site just north of the border with the South, the official said.

North Korea has in the past fired short-range missiles into the sea as part of military exercises.