AFP reports North Korea fired short-range Scud missiles off its east coast for the second time in a week, drawing condemnation from Washington and Seoul as the allies held joint military exercises. South Korea called Monday's missile launches a "reckless provocation" while the United States demanded the North show restraint and abide by UN Security Council resolutions. The two Scud missiles "flew in a northeasterly direction and landed in the sea," Pentagon spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Damien Pickart told AFP. The United States is "closely monitoring the situation on the Korean peninsula," he said. The missile tests have clearly been timed to coincide with annual South Korea-US military exercises that started a week ago and run until mid-April.