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Aug 24, 2019 | 16:06 GMT

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North Korea: 2 Short-Range Ballistic Missiles Fired Into Sea of Japan

What Happened: North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles from its east coast into the Sea of Japan early on Aug. 24 local time, according to Japan's Joint Chiefs of Staff, Yonhap reported.

Why It Matters: The timing of the launch is notable as it comes just after the conclusion of joint U.S.-South Korean military drills. Although the test marks Pyongyang's seventh launch in recent weeks, all fall within North Korean promises to the United States that it will refrain from longer-range tests.

Background: U.S.-North Korean outreach made little progress in recent weeks despite a surprise summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader at the Demilitarized Zone and a letter by Kim to Trump saying talks could continue after the conclusion of U.S.-South Korean drills.

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