SEOUL — North Korea continued firing short-range weapons over its own eastern waters Monday after a weekend of what it called ‘‘rocket launching tests’’ intended to bolster deterrence against enemy attack. South Korean officials were trying to determine what the North was testing.
Analysts say the recent launches appear to be weapons tests or an attempt to get US and South Korean attention amid tentative signs of diplomacy after soaring tensions that followed United Nations sanctions aimed at a North Korean nuclear test in February.
The two projectiles fired on Monday had similar trajectories as four previous launches over the past two days, according to defense officials in Seoul. Officials were analyzing whether the projectiles were missiles or rockets fired from a large-caliber gun. Defense Ministry spokesman Kim Min Seok said South Korea is taking seriously whatever weapons North Korea develops.
In Washington, Pentagon press secretary George Little said Monday the Obama administration does not consider the short-range launches a sign of renewed tensions.