North Korea fires several unidentified projectiles off its eastern coast

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By Stella Kim and Doha Madani  with NBC News World News
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North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un watching as a new-type of tactical guided short-range missile is launched at an undisclosed location in North Korea on July 25, 2019.   -   Copyright  KCNA via KNS

SEOUL — South Korean authorities are on alert after multiple projectiles were fired from North Korea's eastern coast, NBC has confirmed.

"We confirm that North Korea has launched several unidentified projectiles from Hodo Peninsula area within Southern Hamkyung Province at dawn on Wednesday," a South Korean military official told NBC News.

The official told NBC News that the South Korean military is monitoring the situation for additional launches "while maintaining military readiness."

The White House is aware of the reports and is monitoring the situation, a senior administration official confirmed to NBC News.