N Korea says it fired long-range missiles under 'command' of Kim Jong

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The news comes as Stephen Biegun, the US special representative for North Korea, visits South Korea, and hours after the North described its firing of rocket artillery and an apparent short-range ballistic missile on Saturday as a regular and defensive military exercise.

The projectile was sacked at about 7.30pm from a location in northwest North Korea towards the east.

North Korea fired an unidentified projected eastward from Sino-ri, about 50 miles from Pyongyang, around 4:30 p.m. local time, South Korean officials said.

Last week, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un oversaw the first flight of a previously untested weapon - a relatively small, fast missile experts believe will be easier to hide, launch, and maneuver in flight.

There was no immediate comment from the United States.

On Saturday, North Korea launched a volley of short-range projectiles from the east coast city of Wonsan just days after the US tested another Minuteman III on a similar trajectory.

It is Biegun's first visit to Seoul since the Hanoi summit between US President Donald Trump and the North's leader Kim Jong Un collapsed without agreement.

Since Hanoi, North Korea has repeatedly warned that it could take a different approach if Washington did not change its stance on sanctions.

Its seizure shows USA resolve to cut off North Korean trade that might fund its nuclear program.

As with many previous missile tests, Pyongyang nearly immediately released imagery allowing for a closer look at this new missile.

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South Korea's military reported that the missiles were fired from North Korea's western area.

"Korea and the United States are working closely together to maintain their ready preparedness", the statement continued.

Just hours before the tests, US Envoy for North Korea Stephen Biegun arrived in Seoul for talks with South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha.

On Wednesday, North Korea lashed out at the United States and South Korea, saying its tests on Saturday were "regular and self-defensive" and rejecting the notion that they were provocative.

North Korea last conducted a major missile test in November 2017 when it flight-tested the Hwasong-15 and demonstrated the potential capability to reach deep into the USA mainland.

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Some observers say the North could fire more missiles, including those of a medium range, to up the pressure on the United States.

The Iskander missiles have always been a source of tension in Europe and were cited by President Donald Trump as a key reason behind his decision in February to break with the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, which bans production, testing and deployment of land-based cruise and ballistic missiles with a range of 500 to 5,500 kilometers (310 to 3,410 miles). The test followed two lesser-range Hwasong-14 tests that debuted the country's ability to strike the mainland US during a spike in tensions between two countries that went to war in the 1950s, with the USA backing South Korea and the communist Sino-Soviet alliance backing North Korea. A major missile test could result in more sanctions, and the North's so far unsuccessful push for large-scale sanctions relief is at the heart of the current diplomatic impasse with Washington.

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday the U.S. was looking very seriously at the DPRK's latest missile launch.

Since then, Kim has held two summits with Trump, but the second summit with Trump broke down.

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