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TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's coast guard said it spotted North Korea firing ballistic missiles, while the South Korean military said North Korea fired two projectiles that fell into the sea off its east coast.
North Korea has fired two missiles that appear to be short-range, as they have in recent weeks, a US official said.
North Korea's launch of a series of missiles since US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un met on the inter-Korean border in June complicated the attempt to resume talks between US and North Korean negotiators on the future of North Korea's nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs.
The two leaders agreed to resume negotiations at a practical level in June, but since then the United States has so far failed to try to restart the talks.
US envoy on North Korea Stephen Begin visited Seoul last week to discuss ways to resume negotiations. North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho called his US counterpart Mike Pompeo a "poison poison" on Friday, saying: "We are ready for both dialogue and confrontation."
North Korea fired the projectiles on Saturday morning from the area around Sondok, where there is a North Korean military airport, the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.
A spokeswoman for Japan's Self-Defense Forces (SDF) said the missiles fired by North Korea on Monday did not land on Japanese territory or within its economic zone.
The Japanese Coast Guard warned ships to stay away from any debris. "We are aware of reports of a North Korean missile launch and continue to monitor the situation," a senior administration official said. "We are in close consultation with our Japanese and South Korean allies."
South Korea's presidential office said it was holding a meeting of the National Security Council on North Korean missiles