North Korea has fired at least two unidentified projectiles early on Thursday from an area near Wonsan, on North Korea’s eastern coast, according to South Korea’s joint chiefs of staff.

The projectiles flew about 430km (267 miles), the joint chiefs of staff said, but did not elaborate further.

This would be the first launching of projectiles reported since Donald Trump and North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un met at the demilitarised zone (DMZ) between the two Koreas at the end of June.

North Korea’s last weapons testing was in May, which included both short-range missiles as well as smaller rockets. At the time, Kim oversaw the first flight of a previously untested weapon – a relatively small, fast missile experts believe will be easier to hide, launch and manoeuvre in flight.

On Tuesday, state news agency KCNA reported Kim inspected a large, newly built submarine, accompanied by missile programme leaders. It potentially signaled continued development of a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) programme.

Denuclearisation talks between North Korea and the US have stalled after a second summit between the US president and Kim in Vietnam in February broke down.

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