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Seoul: North Korea launches 30 short-range rockets

South Korea says rival North Korea has launched 30 short-range rockets into the sea off its east coast in the latest in a series of apparent protests against ongoing US-South Korean military drills.

 

Analysts say the impoverished North chafes against the annual drills because it has to spend precious resources responding with its own exercises. Pyongyang claims the allies' drills are invasion preparation. Major Kim Nam-wook of the South Korean Defense Ministry says the rockets flew about 37 miles early Saturday morning. (AP)