North Korea Fires 2 "Unidentified Projectiles" Into Sea: Seoul

North Korea Fires 2

North Korea fired two suspected short-range ballistic missiles off its east coast on Saturday in the seventh consecutive week of weapons tests, South Korea's military said, a day after it threatened to remain America's biggest threat in protest of US -led sanctions on the country.

South Korea's presidential office is holding a National Security Council meeting concerning the projectile launch, the office said in a statement.

Saturday's launches were made from the North's northeastern South Hamgyong province, South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement. -South Korean drills, which it views as an invasion rehearsal, ended earlier this week.

They did not reach Japanese waters or the Exclusive Economic Zone.

Japan's Coast Guard warned shipping not to approach any fallen debris.

Last Friday, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un tested two projectiles which were launched from the North's eastern coast and landed in the Sea of Japan. "We are consulting closely with our Japanese and South Korean allies".

The South Korean military has been the first to report on North Korean launches, and the newest launch could indicate whether Seoul and Tokyo continue to share intelligence information with each other despite fraying relations, according to reports by The Japan Times.

The two leaders agreed to restart working-level negotiations in June, but since then the United States has so far been unsuccessful in attempts to get talks going. The top US envoy on North Korea, Stephen Biegun, said Wednesday that Washington was ready to restart the talks, a day after the U.S.

"We are prepared to engage as soon as we hear from our counterparts in North Korea", Biegun said on Wednesday.

It's worrying news for South Korean, whose news agency, Yonhap, also quoted the South Korean military as confirming Friday evening's launch.

On Friday, North Korea's top diplomat called U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo a "diehard toxin", saying "We are ready for both dialogue and standoff".

The launch comes after Pyongyang made a scathing attack on Friday on U.S. secretary of state Mike Pompeo, calling him a "diehard toxin" following the USA diplomat's comment that the USA would continue the "toughest" sanctions on the North until the reclusive state denuclearised.



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