North Korea has reportedly launched several unidentified short-range missiles, a South Korean military official confirmed.
NBC reports that they were launched over the course of about 30 minutes just after 9 a.m. Saturday local time off the eastern area on the Hodo Bando peninsula. South Korean and U.S. authorities are analyzing the details concerning the missile launch, according to the military official.
The official initially had said one missile was launched.
A South Korean military official said the projectiles traveled between 43 and 124 miles, adding that the military has increased surveillance to watch for any more launches.
The White House was monitoring the situation, press secretary Sarah Sanders said Friday night. “We are aware of North Korea’s actions tonight,” she said. “We will continue to monitor as necessary.”
In the wake of the launch, Japanese officials said North Korean missiles have not reached anywhere near the country’s coast and that Japan is not facing any security threat.
The weekend launch is likely a sign of Pyongyang’s growing frustration at stalled diplomatic talks with Washington over its nuclear arsenal.
Earlier this year, Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un abruptly ended a summit and were unable to negotiate a denuclearization deal.
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