US was swift to respond, with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urging North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to "take a different course" and stressing that the US wanted "peace not confrontation" with the North.
The New Year address is expected to touch upon a wide range of issues, from foreign affairs and military development to the economy and education.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un who said the North would pursue a “new path” if Washington persists with sanctions and pressure, is expected to announce major policy changes during his New Year’s address.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has convened a key meeting of top ruling party officials, ahead of a year-end deadline for Washington to shift its stance on stalled nuclear talks.
The two allies of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un put forth their proposals to the UNSC 16 days before Kim’s end-of-December deadline for the US to come up with new proposals to revive nuclear diplomacy.
"We remain ready to take actions in parallel, and to simultaneously take concrete steps towards this agreement," the US envoy to the UN said adding that North Korea needed to make "the difficult, but bold decision" to work with the United States.
Seoul's Defense Ministry said in a brief statement that South Korea and the United States are closely monitoring activities at the Sohae site and other key North Korean areas.
The projectiles were fired eastwards from South Hamgyong province and came down in the Sea of Japan, also known as the East Sea, South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff says.
North Korea said it sees no legitimate reason for its leader Kim Jong-un to attend the ASEAN summit, accusing South Korea of harming relations by depending on the US in resolving inter-Korean issues.
Mark Esper and his South Korean counterpart announced that US and South Korea are postponing a joint military air exercise that North Korea has criticised as provocative.
The launches followed statements of displeasure by top North Korean officials over the slow pace of nuclear negotiations with the US.
The latest launch is seen by analysts as the most provocative test by North Korea since it started the talks with the United States in 2018.
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