North Korea has fired two short-range ballistic missiles off its east coast, according to South Korea’s military, the second such launch in a week.

NK fires two ballistic missiles

The two missiles were launched from the Wonsan area early on Wednesday.

Last week’s launch was the first such provocation since US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un met in June.

The North called that launch a “solemn warning” to Seoul over its planned military exercises with Washington.

It has previously expressed anger that the annual drills will go ahead next month- an event it sees as preparation for war.

What happened on Wednesday?

The latest missile launches came at 05:06 and 05:27 local time (20:06 GMT Tuesday) from the Kalma area near the port of Wonsan.

The missiles flew 250km (155 miles) and reached a height of 30km before landing in the Sea of Japan, also known as the East Sea.

South Korean Defence minister Jeong Kyeong-doo said the missiles were identified as a different type from previous models.

That launch was the first since Mr Trump and Mr Kim held an impromptu meeting in June at the demilitarised zone, an area that divides the two Koreas, where they agreed to restarted denuclearisation talks.

Why is this happening now?

The missile launches come after Pyongyang voiced anger over planned military exercises between South Korea and the US, an annual event which the allies have refused to cancel but have scaled back significantly.

One analyst said the missile tests are likely to continue in the run-up to the military drills.

“[It’s] a message to Washington and Seoul: stop joint exercises or we will continue to show off our own offensive military capabilities.”

What’s the latest on US – North Korea relations?

There have been no further public meetings between US and North Korean officials since the two leaders met in June.

Last year, Mr Kim said North Korea would stop nuclear testing and would no longer launch intercontinental ballistic missiles.

Pyongyang also continues to demonstrate its abilities to develop new weapons despite strict economic sanctions.

It conducted a similar short-range missile launch earlier in May, its first such test since its intercontinental ballistic missile launch in 2017.

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