North Korea Launches Five Short-Range Missiles Toward SeaNorth Korea launched five short-range missiles into its eastern waters, a day after saying it test-fired a new anti-ship rocket in a drill overseen by leader Kim Jong Un. The missiles flew about 200 kilometers (124 miles) in the northeastern direction on Sunday after being launched from near the eastern city of Wonsan in North Korea, the Defense Ministry in Seoul said. North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency on Feb. 7 released photos of Kim watching the firing of an “ultra-precision anti-ship rocket” from a naval boat. The launches come before the annual U.S. and South Korean joint military drills set to take place in spring. North Korea calls the drills a rehearsal for its invasion while the U.S. and South Korea describe them as purely defensive. The firings raise tensions as U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken is scheduled to visit South Korea on Monday as part of his Asian trip that also includes visits to China and Japan. Blinken said Feb. 7 on Twitter that the missile defense on the Korean peninsula is directed against North Korea as he responded to a query about China’s objection to the potential deployment of a terminal high-altitude missile defense system in South Korea. He also described the Kim regime as “the greatest source of regional instability.” North Korea routinely test-fires short-range missiles to enhance their range and precision. Kim has overseen a series of military drills in the past month. North Korea is banned from developing and testing ballistic missiles under United Nations Security Council resolutions imposed for its three nuclear tests, including the latest one in February 2013. The country fired more than 100 rockets last year alone. More