What Happened: North Korea fired two unidentified projectiles into the Sea of Japan early on Aug. 10, South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff announced. The tests were reportedly fired from near the northeastern city of Hamhung in South Hamgyong province.
Why It Matters: North Korea is continuing its cadence of testing both as a component of its ongoing summer military maneuvers and as a means of increasing leverage in outreach to South Korea and the United States. Much will depend on the details, but to date the White House has been tolerant of North Korean short-range missile tests that fall within the scope of promises made to U.S. President Donald Trump.
Background: This is North Korea's fifth weapons test in a little over three weeks and comes just after the White House confirmed the receipt of a positive letter from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to Trump. North Korea has roundly condemned U.S.-South Korea Dong Maeng 19-2 military exercises that began this week and will enter their active phase on Aug. 11. These exercises will continue to Aug. 23, with North Korea likely to at least continue testing until that point.