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North Korea ‘fires two ballistic missiles’ in second missile launch in a week

North Korea has fired two short-range ballistic missiles off its east coast, according to South Korea’s military, the second such launch in a week.

The two missiles were launched from the Wonsan area early on Wednesday.

Last week’s launch was the first such provocation since US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un met in June.

The North called that launch a “solemn warning” to Seoul over its planned military exercises with Washington.

It has previously expressed anger that the annual drills will go ahead next month- an event it sees as preparation for war.

What happened on Wednesday?

The latest missile launches came at 05:06 and 05:27 local time (20:06 GMT Tuesday) from the Kalma area near the port of Wonsan.

The missiles flew 250km (155 miles) and reached a height of 30km before landing in the Sea of Japan, also known as the East Sea.

South Korean Defence minister Jeong Kyeong-doo said the missiles were identified as a different type from previous models.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe confirmed that there was no impact on Japan’s security following the launch.

It comes just six days after North Korea fired two short range missiles, with one travelling about 690km (428 miles) and the other 430km.

That launch was the first since Mr Trump and Mr Kim held an impromptu meeting in June at the demilitarised zone, an area that divides the two Koreas, where they agreed to restarted denuclearisation talks.

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