North Korea fired a short-range missile toward the Sea of Japan on Saturday morning local time - the country's first test launch in a year and a half, South Korean media reported. The JCS initially identified the projectiles as "short-range missiles" and shortly later modified its statement.
North Korea said last month that it had tested a new type of unspecified "tactical guided weapon".
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un watches a launching drill of the medium-and-long range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12 at an undisclosed location, in a photo released on September 16, 2017 by the Korean Central News Agency. "We will continue to monitor as necessary", Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement.
An image released by North Korea of earlier live firing exercises.
Testing a short-range ballistic missile "might skirt the line" on that moratorium, says Vipin Narang, a nuclear expert and professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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"It is an expression of the North's frustration over stalled talks with the United States".
A woman walks past a sign printed with the characters of the name of the new Japanese imperial era Reiwa next to a television screen showing North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un during a news report on North Korea firing several short-range projectiles from its east coast, in Tokyo, Japan May 4, 2019.
Trump was reportedly "fully briefed" on the most recent test by White House National Security Advisor John Bolton, who has been decidedly pessimistic in his view of negotiations with Pyongyang.
The launch comes amid a diplomatic breakdown that has followed the failed summit earlier this year between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un over the North's pursuit of nuclear bombs that can accurately target the US mainland.