North Korea launched at least two unidentified projectiles toward the sea on Tuesday, South Korea's military said, hours after the North offered to resume nuclear diplomacy with the United States but warned its dealings with Washington may end without new us proposals.
Instead, North Korea carried out a series of nine weapons tests that included short-range missiles that coincided with U.S.
The launches, the North's eighth volley of tests since late July and its 18th and 19th weapons tests this year, come amid growing concerns in Tokyo that the North has been working hard to develop powerful new weapons systems, including short-range ballistic missiles capable of striking as far as even Japan.
Update at 1010 KST: this article has been updated with further details on the test from the South Korean military.
The firings came just hours after the North's First Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son-hui expressed a willingness to resume denuclearization talks with the U.S.in late September and demanded that Washington come up with a new proposal acceptable to Pyongyang.
USA officials have called North Korea's recent short-range missile launches provocations, although Trump himself has avoided criticizing them. "We are continuing to watch the problem and consulting carefully with our allies in the region".
"If the U.S. side toys with an old scenario that has nothing to do with the new method at working-level talks which would be held after difficulties, a deal between the two sides may come to an end".
Asked about the proposal for lower-level talks in September, Trump told reporters: "I have a very good relationship with Chairman Kim".
People watch a TV showing a file image of a North Korea's missile launch.
The presidential office convened an emergency National Security Council (NSC) session on Tuesday following the launch of two North Korean projectiles into the East Sea earlier in the morning.
President Donald Trump called North Korea's announcement "interesting".
Many of them joyfully danced and interacted with North Korean youths.
The binary signals sent by Pyongyang late Monday and early Tuesday were classic North Korea - dangling a carrot while brandishing a stick.
The leaders agreed to resume working-level talks during their impromptu meeting on June 30 on the Korean border, but no date has been set. "I always say having meetings is a good thing, not a bad thing".
North Korea has stated it is to restart nuclear talks with the U.S. later this month but cautioned the government that unless it takes a fresh approach, deals could cease to exist.
He also said the USA administration was disappointed about the short-range missile tests but didn't consider them a deal breaker.
North Korea has been mad at United States military exercises along their southern border recently, and the suggestion was no talks would happen while those exercises are ongoing.