North Korea fired two short-range missiles: South Korea

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09 May 2019

North Korea fires short-range missiles as US envoy arrives

On Thursday, North Korea fired two short-range missiles, says South Korea military. Reportedly, the missiles were fired from the town of Sino-ri, Northwest of capital Pyongyang, eastwards into the sea.

The reports come days after N.Korea launched multiple unidentified projectiles (at least one is believed to be a short-range missile) that landed into the sea northeast in a "regular and defensive" move on Saturday.

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Missiles flew 261 and 168 miles respectively

Missiles flew 261 and 168 miles respectively

In a statement, Seoul's Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) reported that the missiles flew 261 and 168 miles respectively and were fired at about 12:30 local time (07:30 GMT).

Speaking about the firing, a senior research fellow at the Korea Defense and Security Forum, Yang Uk, said, "One thing is clear - there's no doubt that it is a missile."

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US and N.Korea at stalemate over nuclear negotiations

Notably, US and N.Korea have been at a stalemate for the past few months over nuclear negotiations. United States Special Representative for N.Korea Stephen Biegun on Wednesday arrived in Seoul for talks on the matter.

The circumstances have led officials to believe that N.Korea is trying to send a message. "North Korea has returned to its classic escalation tactics from before," Uk said.

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N.Korea trying to pressurize US: Analysts

N.Korea trying to pressurize US: Analysts

Reportedly, South Korean intelligence agencies are still assessing information from Thursday's launch. Additionally, South Korea's military said that it has increased monitoring and security in the event of another launch and has agreed on working with the US.

Analysts said that with the launch, North Korea attempts to build pressure on the US over its failure to make concessions.

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Analysts believe that North Korea is trying to pressurize the US over its failure to make concessions regarding talks about their nuclear arsenal, which has been at a deadlock for months.

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Stephen Biegun is the United States Special Representative for North Korea who has been sent to Korea to break the deadlock over nuclear negotiations.

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The two short-range missiles flew 261 miles and 168 miles respectively towards the east before landing in the sea.

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Yang Uk is a senior research fellow at the Korea Defence and Security Forum

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