North Korea fires short-range projectiles after UN sanctions

Undated photo released on February 21, 2016 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (C) inspecting a flight drill of fighter pilots of the Korean People's Army Air and Anti-Air Force at an undisclosed location (AFP Photo/)

Seoul (AFP) - North Korea fired short-range projectiles into the sea off its eastern coast on Thursday, South Korea's defence ministry said, hours after the UN Security Council imposed tough new sanctions on Pyongyang.

After initially describing the launches as being of "short-range missiles," spokesman Moon Sang-Gyun said the ministry was still analysing their exact nature.

The projectiles were fired into the East Sea (Sea of Japan) at 10:00am (0100 GMT), Moon said.

"The South Korean military is monitoring any additional movements from the North," he added.