The U.S. Defense Department confirmed Thursday that North Korea launched short-range scud missiles from the country's east coast but did not say how many and what they were intended for.
"North Korea launched several short-range missiles, they were scud missiles," Col. Steven Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, told reporters, adding, the missiles do not appear to have targeted anyone.
The department did not regard the missile launches as provocative, Warren said. "We've seen these types of missile tests fairly regularly, it's a short-range scud missile which they are allowed to test."
The spokesman said the number of missiles North Korea fired was between two to four.
A South Korean Defense Ministry official said North Korea launched four projectiles believed to be short-range missiles from the southeastern coast.
Jen Psaki, a State Department spokeswoman, declined to comment the missile launch, simply saying, I am not in a position to analyze obviously these reports that just came out this morning in terms of what the motivation of it was."