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North Korea fires short-range 'projectiles' into sea

Update: August, 14/2014 - 11:00

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

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