KIM Jong-un tonight launched two short-range military missiles in a shocking show of defiance to Donald Trump.

Military leaders in neighbouring South Korea say the surprise launch took place in the Wonsan region in east of the rogue state.

 North Korean leader Kim Jong-un supervising a 'strike drill' on May 4
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un supervising a ‘strike drill’ on May 4Credit: AFP
 North Korea has tested long-range multiple rocket launchers and tactical guided weapons

North Korea has tested long-range multiple rocket launchers and tactical guided weaponsCredit: AFP or licensors

Source: The Sun

Both projectiles travelled around 270 miles before falling into the Sea of Japan – also known as the East Sea –  say reports from the troubled region.

It is the first missile test reported since President Trump and North Korean leader met at the demilitarised zone (DMZ) between the two Koreas at the end of June.

The White House, Pentagon and US State Department did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

However, the joint chiefs said South Korean and US militaries were reportedly analysing details of the launches.

A US defence official said the secret launch appears to be similar to the recent May 2019 launch where two short range missiles were also launched.

“North Korea is clearly upset that the US and South Korea are conducting joint military exercises,” said Harry Kazianis of Washington’s Center for the National Interest.

“We should not be shocked by this move and, in fact, we should have seen it coming.”

Pyongyang resumed missile tests following a moratorium of over a year, as negotiations with Donald Trump over disarmament and denuclearisation stalled.

North Korea’s most recent test was in May when a pair of missiles timed precisely 9 minutes before and 9 minutes after a US test of a nuclear Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).

In a brazen taunt, dictator Kim watched the firing of the weapon at North Korea’s Academy of Defence Science.

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