North Korea fires unidentified projectile, South Korea says

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Suga explained the reason behind Abe changing his stand as the Prime Minister had so far rejected the possibility of a dialogue with the North Korean leader.

Less than a week ago, Kim oversaw the test-firing of multiple rockets and a missile and the latest tests coincided with a visit to the South Korean capital by US special envoy for North Korea, Stephen Biegun.

American negotiators are now in South Korea for discussions on how to break the impasse following two high-level summits between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un that failed to secure any lasting changes.

"While we did not reach an agreement with the DPRK [North Korea] at Hanoi, we exchanged detailed positions and narrowed the gap on a number of issues", a State Department official told ABC News in a statement and declined to comment on ongoing conversations.

Moon and Trump talked over phone for 35 minutes from 10 p.m. local time (1300 GMT). "And we know that they were relatively short-range".

Details of North Korea's latest test are still sketchy, but we know a lot more about today's USA test thanks to a press release sent out overnight.

But he added: "Whatever North Korea's intentions might have been, we warn that it could make negotiations more hard". "We will continue to monitor as necessary".

A spokeswoman for the Blue House said national security adviser Chung Eui-yong was closely monitoring the situation through a video conference with the military.

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Longer-range ballistic missile tests, banned by the United Nations and seen as threatening by surrounding countries, would likely result in more sanctions. "But if the missile performs like a missile of that size and shape should, it is capable of putting a nuclear weapon on Camp Humphreys from North Korea". "This is a key point with respect to convincing North Korea to give up its illegal activities, which jeopardize worldwide security and the non-proliferation regime", said the statement.

Under the historic 2002 Pyongyang Declaration, Japan and North Korea agreed to make "every possible effort for an early normalization of the relations", and that Japan will extend economic cooperation to the North after ties are normalized.

It came after North Korea carried out a military drill and fired multiple projectiles on Saturday, with at least one believed to be a short-range missile. It later said there were two launches from the nearby town of Kusong, where North Korea conducted its first successful flight tests of its Hwasong-12 intermediate-range missile and Hwasong-14 intercontinental ballistic missile, both in 2017.

The South's Joint Chiefs of Staff had no other immediate details of the Thursday afternoon launch, which was the second such incident in the past five days.

Thursday's firing comes less than a week after North Korea tested several new weapons systems, the first confirmed launches of their kind since 2017.

North Korea wants widespread sanctions relief in return for disarmament steps that the USA has apparently seen as insufficient.

North Korea declared in April 2018 that it would discontinue nuclear tests and inter-continental ballistic missile tests.

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