TOKYO/SEOUL (Reuters) – Japan’s Coast Guard said it detected a suspected ballistic missile launch from North Korea on Saturday, while Yonhap news agency quoted the South Korean military as saying North Korea had fired two projectiles into the sea off its east coast.
A series of launches by North Korea since U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met at the inter-Korean border in June have complicated attempts to restart talks between U.S. and North Korean negotiators over the future of Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs.
South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JSC) said North Korea fired the projectiles on Saturday morning from around Sondok, South Hamgyong Province, according to Yonhap. Sondok is the site of a North Korean military airfield.
Japan’s Coast Guard warned shipping not to approach any fallen debris.
South Korea’s presidential office is holding a National Security Council meeting about North Korea’s launch, the office said in a statement.
Reporting by Joyce Lee in SEOUL and Tim Kelly in TOKYO; Editing by Richard Chang and Sandra Maler