North Korea launches projectiles; Seoul asks not to raise the tension
North Korea fired several short-range missiles into the sea from its east coast on Saturday, after which South Korea called on its communist neighbor to "stop actions that raise military tension on the border."
The South Korean Army initially said there was missile fire, but then made a vaguer description. The situation occurs after North Korea in April tested what it called a guided strategic weapons system.
Analysts suspect that Pyongyang's military activity responds to an attempt to pressure the United States to advance negotiations after the failure of a summit in February.
The launch is also the first since Pyongyang fired an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) in November 2017, before declaring the construction of its nuclear force complete and laying an olive branch to South Korea and the United States.
The South Korean presidency urged North Korea to refrain from further action, in one of the toughest statements since the two neighbors embarked on reconciliation attempts early last year.
"We are very concerned about North Korea's last action," said South Korea's presidential spokeswoman, adding that the incident violated a military agreement between the two Koreas.
In a Twitter message sent on Saturday morning, US President Donald Trump said he still hopes to reach an agreement with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
"I think Kim Jong Un is fully aware of the economic potential of North Korea and will not do anything to interfere with it or end it," Trump said. "He also knows that I'm with him and he does not want to break the promise he made to me. We will have an agreement! "He added.
The negotiations stalled after a second summit between Kim and Trump in Hanoi in February in which it was not possible to get a commitment from Pyongyang to stop its nuclear program in exchange for exemptions to the sanctions facing the country.