The United States has confirmed North Korea fired two short range ballistic missiles into the East Sea.
The latest launches on Wednesday, Korea time, marks Pyongyang's 13th projectile launch this year alone.
A U.S. official said the firing violates numerous UN Security Council resolutions, which ban the North from any ballistic missile activity.
State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki also voiced concern, saying such provocative acts heighten tension in the region, and will not provide North Korea with the prosperity and security it claims to seek.
The official urged Pyongyang to refrain from provocations, and stick to its international obligations and commitments.