North Korea

Report: North Korea test-fires 2 more projectiles

People watching a TV showing an image of a North Korean missile launch at the Seoul Railway Station on Aug. 10 in Seoul, South Korea. Photo: Chung Sung-Jun / Staff/ Getty Images

The South Korean military said North Korea launched 2 short-range ballistic missiles early Saturday (local time) into the waters between South Korea and Japan, Reuters reports.

What they're saying: After U.S. special envoy for North Korea Stephen Biegun visited Seoul, South Korea last week to discuss denuclearization, North Korea’s top diplomat described U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as a “diehard toxin,” adding, “We are ready for both dialogue and standoff," per Reuters.

U.S. fails to stop South Korea from axing intelligence deal with Japan

Japan's PM Abe (L) and South Korea's President Moon at the 2017 APEC summit. Photo: Jorge Silva/AFP/Getty Images

South Korea plans to sever an intelligence-sharing agreement with Japan amid a crisis between the two key U.S. allies.

Why it matters: The Trump administration had urged South Korea not to take this step, which could hamper communication over the threat from North Korea. It came after Japan elected to slow exports of sensitive materials to South Korea on national security grounds, a move that provoked outrage and boycotts in South Korea. The bitter feud is linked to colonial-era abuses by Japan and looks unlikely to be resolved soon.