The flag of North Korea is seen in Geneva, Switzerland, June 20, 2017. REUTERS/Pierre Albouy

North Korea fires short range missiles, shedding shadow on nuclear talks

North Korea has recently fired two nuclear missiles from its east coast, casting doubt on the restart of the stalled denuclearization talk between North Korean and the United States.

According to a South Korean official, North Korea launched the missiles from the coastal city of Wonsan with one flying about 430 km (267 miles) and the other 690 km (428 miles) out over the sea. They both reached an altitude of 50 km (30 miles) before splashing down. The second, longer-range missile appeared to be a new design, but a detailed analysis was being done to verify that, the official said.

The recent nuclear fire since the summit of Trump and Kim at the demilitarized zone (DMZ) between the two Koreas at the end of June has shadowed the possibility of having denuclearization talk between the two countries in coming days.

The Washington, Pentagon and United State Department have not commented on the act, yet.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the test had no immediate impact on Japan’s security, according to Kyodo News.

This is the second nuclear testing by North Korea in a year, with May’s weapon testing fire being the first in the year. The May’s testing fire included of short-range missiles as well as smaller rockets.

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