North Korea fires 2 projectiles after offering talks with U.S.

US says N.Korea blocking resumption of nuclear talks

N. Korea ‘willing to resume’ nuclear talks with US in late September – ministry

A US State Department spokeswoman said: "We don't have any meetings to announce at this time", Reuters reported.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un agreed in a June 30 meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump to reopen working-level talks stalled since their failed February summit in Hanoi, but this has yet to happen in spite of repeated appeals from Washington.

While short-range missiles do not appear to concern Trump, who has brushed them off on the grounds that they are neither intercontinental missiles nor nuclear tests, they are a significant security issue for Washington ally Tokyo. Kim and Trump met again at the Korean border in late June and agreed to restart diplomacy, but there have no public meetings between the sides since then.

After more than a year of refraining from missile tests, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's regime has conducted 10 launches since May including Tuesday's. Other details about the launches were not immediately known, and North Korea typically takes about 24 hours to release such news.

"North Korea is going to come in receive mode to see whether there has been a change in the US position". The type of projectile is still unidentified, but they flew roughly 330 kilometers, and the South Korean military says it's analyzing the missiles together with the U.S. The JCS said the South Korean military is monitoring the situation in case there are more launches while maintaining a readiness posture. She added that North Korean actions and rhetoric over the past few months indicated that would "likely entail an arms build-ups and escalated tensions".

Tuesday's test - coupled with the announcement about nuclear talks - seems created to pressure the USA back to the negotiating table after talks between Trump and Kim stalled in Vietnam in February this year.

North Korea declared previous yr a self-imposed moratorium on checks of nuclear weapons as nicely as launches of its very long-assortment intermediate and intercontinental ballistic missiles.

"Far be it from me to get inside Kim's head, but the simplest answer may be the most accurate: North Korea is demonstrating what will happen if the USA doesn't come to the table with realistic proposals", he said.

South Korean military officials say two projectiles were fired toward the sea at about 07:00 local time on Tuesday (22:00 GMT Monday).

Lee Do-hoon, South Korea's special representative for Korean Peninsula peace and security affairs, talked over phone with Stephen Biegun, U.S. special representative for the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) affairs.

North Korea has fired a series of short-range missiles in recent weeks in protest against U.S.

Numerous latest missiles launched by North Korea appear to be new types created to evade interception by US, South Korean and Japanese missile defence systems.

And weapons experts have warned that the advanced technologies being tested on the short-range missiles could eventually be applied to long-range weapons.

Pyongyang has also threatened to pull out of talks with Washington and has blasted senior USA officials in recent months.

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