North Korea reportedly launches another missile, raising tensions
Aug 29, 2017, 00:41
"The reality vividly shows that the U.S. ambition for stifling [North Korea] remains unchanged no matter how much water may flow under the bridge and the puppet group's ambition for invading the north remains unchanged", the state-run Korean Central News Agency reported.
All three appeared to be short-range missiles, rather than the long-range types created to be able to strike the United States, and were launched from Kittaeryong on North Korea's east coast.
The Trump Administration officials have said a couple of times they do not rule out any options of a response to the test, including the military one.
Japan's top government spokesman says there is no direct threat to Japan following North Korea's latest test-launch of three short-range missiles.
Two of the missiles failed in flight and the third blew up "almost immediately", said a spokesman for US Pacific Command.
The missile launch was expected, as the DPRK hinted at one in response to the ongoing Ulchi Freedom Guardian large-scale military exercises between South Korea and the United States.
North Korea had walked back from the threat to lob missiles toward Guam, but there had been concerns that hostility will flare up again during the Ulchi-Freedom Guardian drills between the allies that run through August 31.
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.
Yoshihide Suga told reporters the missiles early Saturday did not fall into Japan's territorial waters or the coastal 200-mile economic zone.
Seoul's Joint Chiefs of Staff said today that the projectiles were fired from an area from the North's easterncoast and flew about 250 kilometers (155 miles).The JCS says the South Korea and USA militaries were analysing the launch.
The american president Donald Trump has threatened to unleash "fire and anger" on North Korea if it did not stop its threats against the United States.
The Blue House issued the statement Saturday after National Security Director Chung Eui-yong chaired a National Security Council meeting to assess the launches.
Seoul's unification ministry said Friday the body of a "North Korean resident" discovered near Yeonpyeong Island in the Yellow Sea is to be burnt and buried in a South Korean cemetery reserved for the unnamed, news service Newsis reported.
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