North Korea Fires Multiple Unidentified Projectiles: South Korean Military

July 30, 2019 Updated: July 31, 2019

SEOUL—North Korea fired multiple unidentified projectiles early on Wednesday, July 30, less than a week after firing two new short-range ballistic missiles, the South Korean military’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said.

The latest launches were from the Hodo peninsula on North Korea’s east coast, the same area from where last week’s were conducted, the JCS said in a statement. It said it was monitoring the situation in case of additional launches and maintaining a readiness posture.

North Korea test-fired two new short-range ballistic missiles on July 25, its first missile tests since leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump met in late June and agreed to revive stalled denuclearization talks.

Trump and Kim in DMZ
President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un stand inside the demilitarized zone (DMZ) separating the South and North Korea in Panmunjom, North Korea, on June 30, 2019. (Handout photo by Dong-A Ilbo via Getty Images)

The White House, the Pentagon, and the State Department did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Both Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo played down last week’s launches and Pompeo has continued to express hope for a diplomatic way forward with North Korea.

A February summit in Vietnam between Trump and Kim collapsed after the two sides failed to reconcile differences between Washington’s demands for Pyongyang’s complete denuclearization and North Korean demands for sanctions relief.

President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un shake hands before their one-on-one chat during the second U.S.-North Korea summit at the Metropole Hotel in Hanoi, Vietnam, on Feb. 27, 2019. (Leah Millis/Reuters)

A North Korean official told a White House National Security Council counterpart last week that working-level talks would start very soon, a senior U.S. administration official said earlier on Tuesday.

Trump reiterated to reporters at the White House on Tuesday that he had a good relationship with Kim, but added: “We’ll see what happens. I can’t tell you what’s going to happen.”

Pompeo said on Monday he hoped working-level talks to revive denuclearization talks could occur “very soon,” but emphasized that a follow-up leaders’ summit was not planned.

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