By Bridget Johnson - 07/02/09 10:01 AM EDT
The missile tests are certain to raise heightened tensions with both the Obama administration and the United Nations, which slapped sanctions on the communist state for its May 25 nuclear test.
And on Tuesday, the Treasury and State departments took steps against two North Korean companies in an effort to curtail financing for weapons programs.
The missiles reportedly landed in the Sea of Japan. More missile tests were expected, but it is unknown if North Korea would try another long-range missile during the block on coastal activity that extends through July 11 in 10 areas of the Yellow Sea and Sea of Japan.
A U.S. envoy reportedly met with Chinese official in Beijing on Thursday in an effort to coordinate response to the U.N. sanctions against North Korea. China announced it would be visiting with all players in the six-party talks in an attempt to revive negotiations.
North Korea's official Twitter feed, which carries article links to the state-run Korean Central News Agency, was leading Thursday with "S. Korean warmongers scheme to introduce U.S.-made missiles."