North Korea fires unidentified projectiles into Sea of Japan

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North Korea continues to test missiles (file picture)

North Korea has fired two unidentified “projectiles” into the sea, the South Korean military says.

If confirmed as a missile test, it would be the North’s 12th this year.

The projectile was fired into the East Sea, also known as the Sea of Japan. The launches are thought to have come from South Pyongan province, according to Seoul’s Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Earlier this month, North Korea test-fired a new type of a missile capable of being launched from a submarine.

The Japanese coast guard said the projectiles landed outside Japan’s maritime exclusive economic zone.

The South Korean military said it would maintain its readiness to track and monitor further launches.

The apparent testing comes as nuclear talks between Pyongyang and Washington remain at a deadlock.

The last time US President Donald Trump met the North’s Kim Jong-un was in June, when the two leaders met at the inter-Korean border.

Talks between US and North Korean officials in Sweden earlier this month failed to make any progress.

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