North Korea fires two ‘unidentified projectiles’

North Korea has fired two unidentified projectiles from an area near Wonsan on its eastern coast.

The projectiles landed in the East Sea (also known as the Sea of Japan), South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

“Our military is monitoring the situation in case of additional launches and maintaining a readiness posture,” they said in comments reported by South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency.

The first projectile was fired at 5.34AM local time and the other came 23 minutes later, flying around 270 miles.

The tests come after months of North Korean frustration with the lack of progress in talks with the US.

It would be the first launch of projectiles since US president Donald Trump met North Korea’s Kim Jong Un Kim last month at the demilitarised zone which separates the two Koreas.

Talks with the US were meant to bring sanctions relief for North Korea in return for nuclear disarmament.

But, despite the show of goodwill between Mr Kim and Mr Trump during two summits, there has been little achieved and the talks have largely stalled.

On Wednesday South Korea’s ambassador to the US was reported as saying that the US and North Korea had been discussing resuming talks.

The US is waiting for Pyongyang’s response on the time and venue, he said.

In May North Korea tested a new short-range ballistic missile, something that gave Mr Kim “great satisfaction”, according to Pyongyang’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

North Korea’s last major missile test was in November 2017, with an intercontinental ballistic missile which showed it was close to being able to reach deep into the US mainland.

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