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North Korea fired at least two projectiles, South Korea military says

Image: Kim Jong Un
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un supervises a military drill on May 4, 2019. Copyright KCNA VIA KNS
Copyright KCNA VIA KNS
By Reuters with NBC News World News
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This would be the first launching of projectiles reported since President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met at the demilitarized zone.

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SEOUL - North Korea fired at least two unidentified projectiles from an area near Wonsan, on North Korea's eastern coast, South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

The projectiles were launched early Thursday morning local time and flew about 267 miles, the Joint Chiefs of Staff said, but did not elaborate further.

This would be the first launching of projectiles reported since President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met at the demilitarized zone (DMZ) between the two Koreas at the end of June.

North Korea's last weapons testing was in May, which included both short-range missiles as well as smaller rockets. At the time, Kim oversaw the first flight of a previously untested weapon — a relatively small, fast missile experts believe will be easier to hide, launch and maneuver in flight.

On Tuesday, state news agency KCNA reported Kim inspected a large, newly built submarine, accompanied by missile program leaders. It potentially signaled continued development of a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) program.

Denuclearization talks between North Korea and the United States have stalled after a second summit between Trump and Kim in Vietnam in February broke down.

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