SEOUL, 3rd March, 2016 (WAM) — North Korea has fired a volley of short range missiles into the Sea of Japan in what will be seen as a major show of force to their neighbours.

South Korean defence spokesman, Moon Sang-gyun, said that the launches came from the eastern coastal town of Wonsan. Another South Korean official from the Joint Chiefs of Staff said that the six projectiles flew about 100-150km (60-90 miles) before landing in the sea.

The US State Department said it had seen reports of the launches and was monitoring the situation.

The missile-firing comes after the UN voted for harsher sanctions against the rogue nation, approved by member state Japan. The Security Council unanimously passed a resolution imposing new sanctions after seven weeks of arduous negotiations between the United States and China, Pyongyang’s sole ally.