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North Korea fires 6 ‘short-range projectiles,’ South Korea says

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NORTH KOREA — The objects traveled off the peninsula’s east coast and the South Korean military is analyzing the situation, an official from the South Korean Defense Ministry said.

The news came one day after the United Nations Security Council voted to impose a broad array of sanctions against North Korea because of that nation’s recent nuclear test and missile launch — both of which defied current international sanctions.

Discussions about new sanctions started after North Korea claimed to have successfully tested a hydrogen bomb in January — its fourth nuclear test.

Then, in February, Pyongyang said it had successfully launched an Earth satellite into orbit via the long-range Kwangmyongsong carrier rocket.

The nuclear test and missile launch outraged the Security Council and worried neighboring nations.

South Korean President Park Geun-hye released a statement Thursday about the new sanctions, thanking the international community for its efforts.

“I sincerely hope that the North will abandon its nuclear development program and embark on a path of change, and I will make further efforts for peace and unification of the Korean Peninsula,” the President said.

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