North Korea fires two unidentified projectiles, says South's military


South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said the projectiles were fired from an area near the coastal town of Wonsan and flew about 240 kilometres (149 miles) north east.

But the latest launch suggests North Korean leader Kim Jong Un sees little benefit in restarting diplomacy and instead intends to raise the stakes ahead of important elections in both the United States and South Korea, says Leif-Eric Easley, a professor at Ewha University in Seoul.

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Japan's Defense Ministry said it could not yet confirm if the projectiles landed inside its territory or exclusive economic zone, and said no damage had been reported to aircrafts or vessels in the area.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called the launch a serious issue for the global community, adding that the projectiles didn't fall in his country's waters.

"The recent repeated launch of ballistic missiles by North Korea is a serious problem for the global community, including Japan", it said in a statement.

Kim's most up-to-date series of force is aimed at boosting military morale, strengthening inner unity and demonstrating that his nation is doing good despite external worries of the North would argue with an epidemic.

North Korea has claimed that no one in the country has been infected with the new coronavirus, the virus that causes the disease officially known as COVID-19.

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The launch came three days after North Korean leader Kim Jong-un visited the Korean People's Army (KPA) on the country's eastern front to watch their joint strike exercises.

The launch also was a slap to Moon, who appealed for cross-border cooperation as the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Korea rose past 4,000.

North Korea has not commented on the launch.

Pyongyang carried out a series of weapons tests late previous year, the last of them in November, often describing them as multiple launch rocket systems.

Though North Korea continues to insist it has found no coronavirus cases, authorities have shut down foreign tourism, quarantined all arriving foreigners, and even prevented foreign diplomats from leaving their compounds.

In December, the North said it conducted two "crucial" tests at a long-range rocket facility that would strengthen its nuclear deterrent, prompting speculation that it's developing a new ICBM or preparing a satellite launch that would further advanced its long-range missile technology.

South Korea Director of National Security Chung Eui-yong and other ministers are holding an urgent meeting to discuss the launch this afternoon, according to South Korea's Presidential Blue House.