News alert from South Korea's Yonhap News Agency:
North Korea fires two short-range missiles off east coast
As the Associated Press notes:
In the past, such launches have often been seen as routine military exercises by the North. The latest firings come as Pyongyang has said it is ready to return to international talks on its nuclear weapons programme, though insisted it holds talks first with the United States.
Meanwhile, Reuters is reporting that the North has declared a "no-sail zone" of its east coast.
Update at 10:22 a.m. ET: Yonhap has added to its story here.
Update at 8:43 a.m. ET. From Beijing, NPR's Anthony Kuhn reports that Yonhap now says the North fired at least five missiles.