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Reports say North Korea may have fired two ballistic missiles out to sea, which would be the first tests launches of its kind under President Joe Biden.
South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff did not identify what the projectile was or when it was launched.
North Korea's ballistic missiles are banned under United Nations Security Council Resolutions.
It may have been a ballistic missile, a spokesman forJapan's defence ministry said.
"It has not fallen within Japanese territory and is not believed to have come down within Japan's exclusive economic
zone," he said.
Earlier the Japanese coast guard warned ships against coming close to any fallen objects and instead asked them to provide information to the coast guard.
US television network CNN is reporting that a senior official has said that an intelligence assessment has confirmed two ballistic missiles were launched.
Over the weekend North Korea launched two short-range missiles but the Biden administration played down the launches.
It is unclear whether the reported missile launch today involved short, medium or long range weaponry.
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