The South Korean government says North Korea fired two ballistic missiles on Wednesday afternoon. The Japanese government says two projectiles have apparently fallen into the Sea of Japan, outside Japan's exclusive economic zone.
South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff says North Korea fired two ballistic missiles on Wednesday afternoon from its central inland areas. It says Seoul is analyzing the details with the US military in an effort to identify the type and flight distance of the two missiles.
South Korea's presidential office says President Moon Jae-in will convene his national security council to discuss the situation.
The Japanese government is also reacting sharply to the matter.
Japanese Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide said North Korea's latest launches are outrageous, as they threaten the peace and security of Japan and the region. Suga said they also violate UN Security Council resolutions. He added that Japan strongly protests and condemns the acts.
In March, North Korea launched what were believed to be two cruise missiles. Four days later, it fired two short-range ballistic missiles from South Hamgyong Province.
Pyongyang announced on Monday that it had successfully test-fired newly developed long-range cruise missiles during the weekend. It said the missiles hit targets 1,500 kilometers away, after traveling for about two hours over North Korea and the country's territorial waters.
On Tuesday, senior officials from Japan, South Korea and the United States met in Tokyo to discuss the latest issues regarding North Korea. They say that they agreed to continue working closely with one another to respond to the North.