North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles early on Wednesday, the South Korean military said, only days after it launched two other missiles meant to pressure South Korea and the United States to stop upcoming military drills.
During this test, the South Koreans said that the North Korean missiles traveled 155 miles at an altitude of 18 miles.
Ballistic missile launches by North Korea violate United Nations security council resolutions aimed at pressing the country to abandon its nuclear weapons programme and Pyongyang is subject to extensive worldwide sanctions over its missile and nuclear weapons programs.
South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement the latest launches were done from the North's northeastern area.
It added that South Korean and USA intelligence authorities continue to analyze all available data to identify more precise information about the projectiles.
But the tests, in particular of a new kind of ballistic missile last Thursday, also allow North Korea to enhance their military capability that threatens Americans in the region and US allies South Korea and Japan.
Harry Kazianis, of Washington's Center for the National Interest think tank, said the latest launches were a clear attempt by North Korea to put pressure on Washington. The North also conducted two similar launches in May. As neither side - North Korea and China on one, South Korea and America on the other - ever signed a peace treaty, the war technically continues to this day, though the parties signed an armistice agreement in 1953 that ended active hostilities.
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Japan's Defense Ministry is now collecting and analyzing information pertaining to the launches.
"Also, North Korea last week explicitly referred to the testing, development, and deployment of weapons, which seemed to imply that Pyongyang would continue to engage in military activities", she continued.
In May, Kim already risked fury as he watched through binoculars, laughing and smiling, as North Korea test-fired two missiles.
The missile tests also come amid North Korea showcasing a new submarine last week which is capable of carrying up to three ballistic missiles. It said it was monitoring the situation in case of additional launches and maintaining a readiness posture. North Korea claimed its deployment was "near at hand".
Japanese officials said that these tests would not prevent them from trying to have a summit with the North Koreans without preconditions, as they had previously planned.
Wednesday's tests come after Kim and US President Donald Trump held a historic meeting on the inter-Korean border on June 30 and chose to renew their talks on the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
On Tuesday, Pompeo said that Kim had yet to appoint a new negotiator since the Trump-Kim meeting but that he remained optimistic. The Trump administration official spoke on the condition of anonymity because the official wasn't authorized to speak publicly.
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Trump "gives the impression that he doesn't mind its missile launches as long as they are short-range, and not threatening the US", it said.
The Joint Chiefs said the missiles were fired eastward from South Hamgyong Province on the country's easy coast.
North Korea warned earlier this month that Kim said that upcoming South Korea-US military drills risked jeopardising those negotiations.
North Korea ended a two-year pause in missile tests in May, with a series of short-range launches.
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