North Korea launches unidentified projectiles, South Korea military says

North Korea fired multiple unidentified projectiles early Wednesday, South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff tells CNN.

North Korea fired multiple unidentified projectiles early Wednesday local time, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) tells CNN.

“North Korea launched multiple projectiles in the early morning from around Hodo Peninsula in South Hamgyong Province,” the JCS said, adding that it was on the alert for further launches.

“Our military is tracking and watching the related movement in preparation to additional launches, and is maintaining readiness posture.”

A US official confirmed to CNN that two projectiles had been fired by North Korea. The launches do not pose a threat to the United States, another official separately told CNN.

They come after North Korean officials indicated to a White House national security administration official last week that working level talks could start very soon, a senior administration official said Tuesday.

The White House is aware of today’s launch, another senior US administration official said.

It’s North Korea’s third launch in as many months: In May, a short-range missile launch appeared to signal North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s frustration at deadlocked talks with the United States. And just five days ago, North Korea sent two new short-range ballistic missiles toward the East Sea, also known as the Sea of Japan.

According to North Korea’s state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), the July 25 twin launches were intended to send a warning to South Korea and had been “personally organized” by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

South Korea said then that it viewed them as a “military threat” designed to undermine progress toward stability on the Korean Peninsula.

Experts said that the launches might have been North Korea’s response to planned joint military exercises between the US and South Korea. The exercises have long been an aggravation for North Korea.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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