SEOUL, South Korea â€” North Korea test-fired a missile into the sea off its east coast on Monday, the second launch in the past two weeks, South Korea's Defense Ministry said.
North Korea also said its interception of a U.S. reconnaissance plane a week ago was an act of self-defense, and warned that Southern support for the United States could return inter-Korean ties to a state of confrontation.
There had been indications that North Korea was planning to fire a missile. The Pentagon earlier cited a North Korean warning to ships to stay out of a sector of the Sea of Japan from Saturday to Tuesday.
Maj. Kim Ki-Beom, a spokesman at the Defense Ministry, said the missile was believed to be an anti-ship missile similar to one that North Korea test-fired on Feb. 24. That launch came on the eve of the inauguration of South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun and amid escalating tensions over Pyongyang's...