North Korea launched two apparent short-range ballistic missiles on Thursday evening, Japan's defense minister said, just hours after U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris met with South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol in Seoul to condemn Pyongyang's “provocative nuclear rhetoric.”

The latest launches came a day after it fired two short-range weapons on Wednesday and one missile on Sunday, making for five tests over a span of five days.

Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada slammed the North's "very high frequency" of missile tests this year, calling them "absolutely unacceptable," and labeling them a "threat to the peace and security of our country, the region and the international community."