Date
14 October 2019
A view of North Korea's missile launch on July 25 in a picture released by Pyongyang’s state media last week. Credit: KCNA via Reuters
A view of North Korea's missile launch on July 25 in a picture released by Pyongyang’s state media last week. Credit: KCNA via Reuters

N Korea fired multiple unidentified projectiles: South Korea

North Korea fired multiple unidentified projectiles early on Wednesday, less than a week after firing two new short-range ballistic missiles, the South Korean military’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said.

The latest launches were from the Hodo peninsula on North Korea’s east coast, the same area from where last week’s tests were conducted, the JCS said in a statement, Reuters reports.

The agency said it is monitoring the situation in case of additional launches, and maintaining a readiness posture.

North Korea test-fired two new short-range ballistic missiles on July 25, its first missile tests since leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump met in late June and agreed to revive stalled denuclearization talks.

Both Trump and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo played down last week’s launches and Pompeo has continued to express hope for a diplomatic way forward with North Korea.

Since Trump and Kim’s June 30 meeting in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between the two Koreas, Pyongyang has accused Washington of breaking a promise by planning to hold joint military exercises with South Korea next month and warned that these could derail any dialogue.

North Korea has also warned of a possible end to its freeze on nuclear and long-range missile tests in place since 2017, which Trump has repeatedly upheld as evidence of the success of his engagement with Kim.

A February summit in Vietnam between Trump and Kim collapsed after the two sides failed to reconcile differences between Washington’s demands for Pyongyang’s complete denuclearization and North Korean demands for sanctions relief.

Trump reiterated to reporters at the White House earlier on Tuesday that he has a good relationship with Kim, but added: “We’ll see what happens. I can’t tell you what’s going to happen.”

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