North Korea is reported to have launched several missiles, heightening tensions

Pauline Gross
August 27, 2017

The launches are believed to be North Korea's first test since the Fourth of July when it fired its first intercontinental ballistic test into the sea near Japan.

North Korea launched at least three projectiles into the East Sea on Saturday morning, resuming its provocative acts after a month despite Washington's diplomacy-first approach toward the belligerent regime.

Following an initial US assessment saying that two of the missiles had "failed in flight", a spokesman for the US Pacific Command later said the two weapons had not failed but "flew approximately 250 kilometres in a northeastern direction".

The missile test capped yet another eventful week on the Korean peninsula, which began with the annual US-South Korea military exercises. All US and Russian ballistic missiles are solid-fuel models.

North Korea fired several rockets into the sea yesterday in the continuation of its rapid nuclear and missile expansion, prompting South Korea to press ahead with military drills involving United States troops that have angered Pyongyang. It said earlier that the third missile appears to have blown up immediately. The U.S. Pacific Command assessed that the projectiles were "three short-range ballistic missile launches".

North Korea keeps thousands of rocket launchers, as well as long-range artillery pieces, along the border with the South.

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It said that the second missile appears to have blown up immediately and that none posed threat to the USA territory of Guam, which the North had previously warned it would fire missiles toward.

"In regards to activity in North Korea tonight, the president has been briefed and we are monitoring the situation", she said.

The White House said that U.S. President Donald Trump received the related briefing from the U.S. military. "We have to respond firmly", said Onodera.

Analysts said the photos were a sign from North Korea to the world, to show their solid fuel missile program is improving at a steady rate.

"We understand that today's action indicated North Korea consistently continues developing nuclear weapons and missiles".

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