Updated Jul 25, 2019

North Korea fires 2 missiles into Sea of Japan, Seoul says

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North Korea has launched 2 short-range missiles 267 miles into the Sea of Japan, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said, according to AP.

Why it matters: This is the first report of North Korea firing projectiles since President Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in met with Kim Jong Un at the Demilitarized Zone last month. A South Korean official said at least 1 of the missiles appeared to be a new design, per the BBC.

Details: The projectiles reached an altitude of 30 miles before plummeting into the sea, after being launched early on Thursday local time from an area near Wonsan, on North Korea’s eastern coast, an official at South Korea’s Defense Ministry said, per Reuters.

The big picture: North Korea is unhappy with planned U.S.-South Korean military drills, AP reports.

This article has been updated with more details of the incident and more context.

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