North Korea fires ballistic missile into sea: South Korea
March 18, Seoul: North Korea has fired two medium-range ballistic missiles into the sea, according to South Korean and US officials.
Officials have said the missile launched off the east coast, flew about 800km (500 miles) and fell into the water. North Korea has not commented on the report.
A US defence spokesperson later said a second missile was launched, media reports said.
If confirmed, it would mark North Korea's first test of a medium-range missile, capable of reaching Japan, since 2014 - the Rodong missile has an estimated maximum range of around 1,300km.
US President Barack Obama earlier imposed new sanctions on Pyongyang, after its recent "illicit" nuclear test and satellite launch.
According to reports, the 6 January nuclear test and 7 February satellite launch were violations of existing UN sanctions.
The Oslo Times