North Korea fired two short-range missiles off its east coast on Thursday amid stalled efforts to resume talks on ending the country’s nuclear weapons program, the South Korean military said.
According to officials,the first short-range missile, launched from near Wonsan, a coastal town east of Pyongyang, flew 430 kilometers (267 miles), reaching a height of 50 kilometers (31 miles) before landing in waters between North Korea and Japan. And the second missile appears to have flown further.
If confirmed, it would be the first missile test since Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un met at the demilitarised zone between the two Koreas at the end of June.
North Korea has recently been expressing frustration with Washington and Seoul.It warned on July 16 that if the United States did not cancel a joint military drill with South Korea scheduled for next month, it might scuttle efforts to resume negotiations with Washington and even resume nuclear and long-range missile tests.
It comes amid another delay in the resumption of talks between North Korea and the United States, in which Washington has been pushing the kingdom to give up its nuclear weapons and missile programmes.