North Korea fired unidentified projectile into the ocean: South Korea
North Korea’s ruler Kim Jong Un attends a meeting with US President Donald Trump on June 30, 2019 on the south side of the military demarcation line that separates North and South Korea.
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North Korea fired an unidentified projectile into the East Sea, also known as the Sea of Japan, on Tuesday, the South Korean military said on Tuesday.
According to NBC News, the office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff – a group of chiefs from all major branches of the South Korean armed forces – did not say what type of projectile Pyongyang fired or how far it flew.
The South Korean Presidential Office said the National Security Council would be convened to discuss the matter.
“The Presidential Office will hold the national security meeting with the members of the National Security Council’s standing committee,” said Park Kyung-mi, the president’s spokesman, in a text briefing, told NBC News.
The Japanese Coast Guard issued a maritime safety warning to ships but did not immediately know where the gun landed, the Associated Press reported.
North Korea’s state media reportedly reported last month that Pyongyang had successfully tested a new long-range cruise missile. Days later, it launched ballistic missiles off its east coast, condemned by neighboring Japan.
Nuclear negotiations between North Korea and the United States made initial progress under the Trump administration.
But talks failed nearly two years ago when Washington refused to impose sanctions in exchange for dismantling nuclear weapons and long-range missiles in Pyongyang.
Earlier this year, a senior North Korean official said Pyongyang would not respond to numerous invitations to resume nuclear talks until the US abandons “hostile policies”.
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