The South Korean military has confirmed that North Korea fired as yet unidentified projectiles into the East Sea.
The launches happened just a few hours ago.
For more, we have defense correspondent Kim Ji-yeon on the phone.
Ji-yeon, this sounds like an attempt by the North to get the world's attention.
South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff says North Korea fired two unidentified projectiles on Thursday into the East Sea from the North's eastern coastal region of Hamgyeongnam-do province.
Further information is being analyzed by the militaries of South Korea and the U.S.
South Korean military sources say the projectiles were ballistic missiles and were fired.
The last time North Korea fired ballistic missiles was a year ago.
If the sources' information is confirmed, it means the North has violated UN Security Council resolutions for the first time since President Biden took office.
What is certain, though is that these launches signify that the North is ready to gradually raise tensions with the U.S.
Four days ago the regime fired two cruise missiles into the West Sea but the U.S. shrugged those off as "business as usual" testing with President Biden saying "nothing much had changed."
How is the United States responding to these latest launches?
No immediate response, but the international community will be watching to see if these latest launches will affect U.S. policy on North Korea, especially as the Biden administration is completing its comprehensive review on how it will approach Pyeongyang over the next four years.
Reuters reported if they're confirmed to be ballistic missiles, it would represent a new challenge to President Biden's efforts to engage with Pyeongyang.
On top of that, a security meeting between South Korea, the U.S. and Japan is slated for next week.
They'll be discussing how to deal with North Korea-related issues.
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