North Korea fired five unidentified short-range projectiles from an area south of Hamhung city, South Hamgyong province, on the country’s east coast, between 3:19 and 4:05 p.m. South Korean time (2:19 to 3:05 a.m. ET) Monday, according to the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff, or JCS.

The JCS had previously reported the launch of four projectiles. The projectiles flew about 200 kilometers (124 miles) toward the sea to the east of the Korean Peninsula, the JCS said in a statement. The South Korean military is closely monitoring the situation and is maintaining full readiness, the statement added. Since early February, the reclusive regime has fired 15 various projectiles on four occasions. READ MORE