'Restraint' Appears To Be Over As North Korea Launches Missile Test Again
29 August, 2017, 00:44 | Author: Yolanda Murray
North Korea fired "several unidentified short-range projectiles" from Kittaeryong, Kangwon province, into the sea east of the Korean Peninsula, the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff said.
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 US mainland within reach. Japan has previously deployed missile interceptors after North Korea threatened to fire projectiles over Japan toward the USA territory of Guam. Nor, indeed, are they said to have done any damage.
The U.S. Pacific Command says its assessments indicate that the three missiles failed.
Neither Japan nor South Korea confirmed the United States military's description of the weapons fired by North Korea as "ballistic missiles".
Seoul: North Korea fires several projectiles to sea
An earlier assessment by PACOM had said that two missiles failed in flight. "I think it's going to take some time to tell". Kim said he would consider sending missiles into the waters off the coast of Guam in "mid-August".
The rival Koreas recently saw their always testy relationship get worse after Trump traded warlike threats.
Also on Tuesday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson praised Pyongyang for demonstrating "some level of restraint", noting that there had been "no missile launches or provocative acts on the part of North Korea", since the United Nations Security Council voted August 5 to impose a $1 billion sanctions package against the country.
Pyongyang then threatened to fire a salvo of missiles towards the U.S. territory of Guam, but later backed away from the plan and tensions had eased. It said earlier that the third missile appears to have blown up immediately. "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. Dave Benham says the two missiles flew about 155 miles.
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Kim Jong Un, the North Korean dictator, inspected a special operation forces training of the army which simulated attacks on South Korean islands, according to state media in Pyongyang.
The North bombarded Yeonpyeong island in November 2010 in response to a South Korean live-fire drill near the tense sea border, killing four South Koreans - two soldiers and two civilians - and prompting Seoul to return the fire.
This is the latest development in escalating tensions between North Korea and the United States, which have been simmering for months.
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