North Korea carried out another banned missile test, just hours after a visit by US Vice-President Kamala Harris, South Korea’s military says.
Two short-range ballistic missiles were fired into the sea off the North’s east coast, it said, in the third such breach of UN sanctions this week.
It follows a visit by Ms Harris to the demilitarised zone dividing the Koreas.
This has been a record year for missile tests in North Korea and the latest launches are timed to send a message.
They come as the US and South Korea held joint naval drills this week around the Korean peninsula.
Earlier on Thursday, Ms Harris met South Korea’s leader Yoon Suk-yeol shortly after her arrival in the capital Seoul.
Both condemned Pyongyang’s actions.
In a White House statement, the two leaders criticised Pyongyang’s “provocative nuclear rhetoric and ballistic missile launches”, and “reaffirmed [their] alignment… and goal of the complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula”.