North Korea fires at least one short-range missile towards the east

Updated

May 04, 2019 11:28:15

North Korea has fired at least one short-range missile from the east coast city of Wonsan towards the east, with South Korea’s military confirming the incident.

South Korea’s joint chiefs of staff said Korea and US authorities were analysing details of a missile, which was fired around 9:00am local time (10:00am AEST), Yonhap said.

The firing comes amid a diplomatic breakdown following the failed summit earlier this year between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un over the North’s pursuit of a nuclear arsenal that can target the US mainland.

The joint chiefs of staff were not immediately available for comment, while South Korea’s presidential spokeswoman said they were checking the report.

Mr Kim recently met Russian President Vladimir Putin in a first-ever summit between the two leaders, aimed at resolving a standoff over Pyongyang’s nuclear program.

Mr Putin said the two leaders had “exchanged views on how and what needs to be done so that we can improve the situation”, while Mr Kim called the discussions “fruitful” and a “meaningful exchange”.

More to come.

Reuters/AP

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May 04, 2019 11:05:42

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