North Korea fires possible ballistic missile

North Korea fires possible ballistic missile

A North Korean army soldier looks at the South side through a pair of binoculars at the border village of Panmunjom in Paju, South Korea, Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017.

The launch is the first by the North since it test-fired a missile on July 28 that could have been created to reach 10,000 km (6,200 miles), putting parts of the USA mainland within reach.

North Korea fired several rockets into the sea Saturday in the continuation of its rapid nuclear and missile expansion, prompting South Korea to press ahead with military drills involving USA troops that have angered Pyongyang.

Two of the missiles launched by Pyongyang failed in flight, while the other blew up immediately, according to the US Pacific command. It said that the second missile appears to have blown up immediately and that none posed threat to the US territory of Guam, which the North had previously warned it would fire missiles toward.

The South Korean Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said the projectiles flew in a northeasterly direction for about 250 kilometres (155 miles) into the sea.

North Korea has said they view the wargames as a provocation, and have expressed concern the U.S. simulation could quickly turn into real fighting.

"Although the launches were no threat to Guam, it reminds us that we can not be complacent", said George Charfauros, the homeland security adviser on the USA territory.

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"Initial assessment indicates three short-range ballistic missile launches". Secretary of State Rex Tillerson earlier this week credited the North with showing restraint by not launching a missile since the late July ICBM test.

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The rival Koreas recently saw their always testy relationship get worse after Trump traded warlike threats.

Pyongyang then threatened to fire a salvo of missiles towards the USA territory of Guam, but later backed away from the plan and tensions had eased.

"Despite the recent tensions, despite the missile launches, tourism continues here", Ripley said. "The second missile launch. appears to have blown up nearly immediately", said the spokesman, Commander Dave Benham, adding that the launches happened over a span of 30 minutes.

The launches come amid ongoing USA wargames in South Korea.

Beijing has retaliated against Seoul over THAAD by suspending visits to South Korea by Chinese tour groups and trips to China by South Korean entertainers. Guam is a US island territory that is home to two American military bases. The US ban on American citizens traveling to North Korea takes effect September 1.

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