North Korea fires projectiles off east coast today, South Korea says

People watch a TV news programme reporting North Korea's firing projectiles at the Seoul Railway Station

The statement said South Korea's military is monitoring possible additional launches by North Korea.

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Japan's Coast Guard has said it has detected a suspected ballistic missile launch from North Korea on Saturday that, if confirmed, would be the seventh such test in the past month.

On Friday, North Korea's top diplomat called U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo a "diehard toxin", saying "We are ready for both dialogue and standoff". The chief US diplomat noted the six tests of short-range ballistic missiles that North Korea has conducted in recent weeks, and appeared to diverge slightly with President Donald Trump, who have dismissed the tests as unthreatening and insignificant."I wish they would not do that", Pompeo said of the tests. -South Korean drills, which it views as an invasion rehearsal, ended earlier this week. They flew about 380 kilometers (236 miles) at the maximum altitude of 97 kilometers (60 miles), the military said.

"The decision came amid a situation triggered by trust issues between Seoul and Tokyo, and so it's an issue separate from the South Korea-U.S. alliance".

South Korea's presidential office said it'll hold an unscheduled meeting to discuss the North Korean launches.

The launch comes after Pyongyang made a scathing attack Friday on U.S. secretary of state Mike Pompeo, calling him a "diehard toxin" following the USA diplomat's comment that the USA would continue the "toughest" sanctions on the North until the reclusive state denuclearises.

Ri's blistering rhetoric and the projectile launches may dim the prospect for an early resumption of nuclear negotiations between the countries. The top US envoy on North Korea, Stephen Biegun, said Wednesday that Washington was ready to restart the talks, a day after the U.S. North Korea said last Saturday it had test-fired an unspecified new weapon in its sixth round of missile and other weapons tests in a response to regular US-South Korean military drills.

The missile launch comes a day after South Korea pulled out of the General Security of Military Information Agreement (GSOMIA), a key intelligence-sharing pact with Japan, stating that it no longer meets Seoul's "national interests" to do so, according to reports by The Japan Times.

"We want to continue the cooperation among Japan, the USA and South Korea", Japanese Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya told reporters.



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