North Korea launches two more 'short-range ballistic missiles' into sea

North Korea launches two extra ‘short-range ballistic missiles’ into sea

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North Korea fired two suspected short-range ballistic missiles into the ocean on Saturday morning, South Korea’s army says.

The launch is the seventh carried out since North Korea ended a 17-month hiatus on testing on the finish of July.

Pyongyang has repeatedly expressed anger at US-South Korean army workouts which were going down.

On Saturday South Korea mentioned the newest missiles, launched after the drills ended, trigger “grave concern”.

Navy officers mentioned the projectiles have been launched at 06:45 and 07:02 native time (21:45 and 22:02 GMT Friday) from the japanese city of Sondok in South Hamgyong Province.

They mentioned they flew about 380km (240 miles) and reached an altitude of 97 km earlier than touchdown into the Sea of Japan, also called the East Sea.

“Our army is monitoring the state of affairs in case of extra launches and sustaining a readiness posture,” South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Employees (JCS) mentioned in a press release.

Japan’s Defence Minister, Takeshi Iwaya, confirmed the missiles had not landed in Japanese territorial waters, however described them as a transparent violation of UN resolutions.

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US particular envoy for North Korea Stephen Biegun (left) visited Seoul this week

The missile launch comes days after US-South Korean army workouts ended. North Korea describes them as a “rehearsal for struggle” and say they violate agreements reached with US President Donald Trump and South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in.

The US and South Korea have refused to cancel the drills, however have scaled them again considerably.

In a presidential workplace assertion on Saturday, South Korea known as for North Korea to cease escalating army tensions and reiterated their want for negotiations with the US to renew.

Denuclearisation talks have stalled since a second face-to-face summit between Mr Trump and North Korean chief Kim Jong Un broke down in February.

In June the 2 leaders met in within the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between the 2 Koreas and agreed to renew working-level negotiations.

Talking after Saturday’s exams, Mr Trump reiterated that he had a “actually good relationship” with Mr Kim, whom he mentioned had been “fairly straight” with him.

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