AL JAZEERA – North Korea has fired three short-range projectiles into the sea less than an hour before Pope Francis arrived for the first papal visit to South Korea in 25 years, South Korea’s defense ministry has said. The apparent test firing was conducted on Thursday from Wonsan on the North’s east coast and flew about 220 kilometres, according to a ministry official who spoke on condition of anonymity, citing office policy. The type of projectile has yet to be determined. North Korea did not declare a no-sail zone before firing the projectiles. North Korea has a long history of raising itself to the top of its neighbours’ and Washington’s list of concerns. The country has this year conducted an unusually large number of missile and artillery test firings. Pyongyang has expressed anger over ongoing annual military drills between the United States and South Korea Continue