SEOUL — North Korea fired three short-range projectiles into the sea off its east coast on Thursday, South Korea said, as Pope Francis arrived in Seoul for a five-day visit.
"North Korea fired three short-range projectiles into the East Sea (Sea of Japan)," a defence ministry spokesman said.
Pope Francis is expected to send a message of peace to Pyongyang when he conducts a special inter-Korean "reconciliation" mass in Seoul on the last day of his visit.
Church officials in the South had sent several requests to Pyongyang to send a group of Catholics to attend the event, but the North declined the offer, citing its anger at upcoming South Korea-US military drills.
The Catholic Church, like any other religion, is allowed to operate in North Korea within the confines of the Korean Catholics Association. — AFP