Seoul — North Korea fired missiles for the third time in eight days on Friday, a series of launches that analysts say are designed to improve military capabilities and pressure the US and South Korea as they seek to restart denuclearisation talks.

US officials, who have been hoping to revive the stalled talks with North Korea, played down the launches. The North has been testing missiles despite US President Donald Trump’s June 30 meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, where they agreed to revive the talks...

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