North Korea launches 3 short-range ballistic missiles into sea

North Korea launches 3 short-range ballistic missiles into sea

North Korea launches 3 short-range ballistic missiles into sea

Pyongyang test-fired three short-range projectiles, which South Korea's military saw as short-range ballistic missiles, on Saturday amid the ongoing U.S.

After around a month hiatus, the North fired short-range missiles on Saturday in an apparent protest against an ongoing joint exercise by South Korean and USA forces.

South Korea's presidential office and military said North Korea fired "several" projectiles in what was presumed as a test of its 300-millimeter rocket artillery system.

"As an update to our initial release, the first and third missiles at 11:49 a.m. and 12:19 p.m. did not 'fail in flight, ' Cmdr".

The North's move was immediately reported to South Korea President Moon Jae-in.

North Korea's last nuclear test came in September, when it detonated what it claimed was a miniaturized nuclear warhead small enough to be mounted on a missile, though analysts say the claim is almost impossible to verify. -South Korea war game, codenamed Ulchi Freedom Guardian (UFG).

That would be far enough to reach major South Korean and American military bases, including those near the city of Pyeongtaek, about 60 miles south of Seoul.

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Tens of thousands of South Korean and U.S. troops are now taking part in the "Ulchi Freedom Guardian" joint military drills, a largely computer-simulated exercise that runs for two weeks in the South.

The NIS also suggested that North Korea would carry out another missile launch in the coming days either during the UFG drill, or around September 9, marking the Day of the Foundation of the Republic.

PACOM's initial statement said the launches occurred near Kittaeryong, North Korea.

Mixed signals emerged when US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that America was not North Korea's enemy and that it did not seek a regime change.

"North Korea gains information from every missile launch, whether it succeeds or whether it fails", said Bruce Bennett, senior analyst at the Rand Corp. think tank. David Benham, a PACOM spokesman said in a statement Saturday.

China seems frustrated with the situation and has hinted that if North Korea launches missiles that threaten USA soil first and the United States retaliates, then Beijing would stay neutral.

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