North Korea fired several unidentified projectiles as Kim Jong Un’s regime escalated threats against U.S.-South Korea joint military drills and continued to defy a United Nations call to halt its nuclear weapons development.
The projectiles, launched at 6:49 a.m. from Gangwon Province, flew 250 kilometers (155 miles) in a northeasterly direction, South Korea’s joint chief of staff said in a text message.
The launch breaks what appeared to be an easing of tensions on the Korean peninsula. North Korea has conducted more than a dozen missile tests this year as Kim Jong Un’s regime seeks the capability to hit the continental U.S. with a nuclear weapon.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in called a national security council meeting.
As the detente neared a month, Trump said Tuesday North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is beginning to respect the U.S., comments that suggested his administration was moving closer to seeking talks over Pyongyang’s nuclear arsenal.
The U.S. and its allies had warned Kim against launching missiles toward Guam, home to key American military bases in the Pacific. Japan deployed four Patriot missile interceptors into the western part of the country, under the flight path toward the U.S. territory.