South Korea says North Korea test-fired anti-ship missiles off its own east coast

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Three missiles test-fired Sunday afternoon, South Korean official says

South Korea: Tests follow earlier ones in February and May

Experts: Missiles have range of about 75 miles

CNN  — 

North Korea test-fired three short-range anti-ship missiles off its east coast on Sunday, a South Korean defense official told CNN.

“North Korea on June 14 fired three KN-01 missiles near North Korea’s eastern city towards sea off east of the peninsula,” the South Korean Defense Ministry official said.

The missiles were reportedly fired between 4:21 p.m. and 4:47 p.m. (3:21 a.m. to 3:47 a.m. ET), according to South Korea.

“The missile test follows the one from February and May,” the official said. “Our military is closely monitoring North Korea’s movement and is maintaining all military readiness posture for any provocation.”

According to, the KN-01 surface-to-surface missile has a range of 120 kilometers, about 75 miles.

North Korea first test-fired such missiles years ago, at least according to reports from the South Korean government. The Global Security website quotes the South Korean Ministry of Defense as saying that North Korea conducted “10 test launches of its KN-01 anti-ship cruise missile between February 2003 and June 2007.”