North Korea fires 'several projectiles', says South

Janie Parker
August 29, 2017

North Korea launched three ballistic missiles toward the East Sea near Japan on Saturday morning, according to US and South Korean military.

The projectiles flew about 155 miles into the Sea of Japan, or East Sea, the Saturday statement said.

The Ulchi Freedom Guardian exercises, which mainly involve computer simulations rather than battlefield maneuvers or fly-overs with bombers, are now taking place in South Korea.

"Although the launches were no threat to Guam, it reminds us that we can not be complacent", Charfauros said.

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.

North Korea launched three missiles into the sea between the Korean Peninsula and Japan on Saturday morning, reigniting tensions after a month of heated rhetoric between Pyongyang and Washington. It's unclear where the three missiles fired Saturday were targeted, although the U.S. Pacific Command said the missiles posed no threat to Guam. "We place confidence in our U.S. Department of Defense capabilities and continue open communications with our federal and military partners".

Last week, Mr Trump praised North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for his "wise" decision while UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said he had told Russia, Japan, the United States, China and North and South Korea that he was available to help broker talks. They say the North may limit its reactions to low-level provocations like artillery and short-range missile launches.

The Korean Central News Agency said that the “target striking contest” involved war planes, multiple-rocket launchers and self-propelled guns that attacked targets meant to represent South Koreas Baengnyeong and Yeonpyeong islands before special operation combatants “landed by surprise” on rubber boats.

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Mr Tillerson's latest remarks came just after the United States announced new North Korea-related sanctions targeting Chinese and Russian firms and individuals for supporting Pyongyang's weapons programs.

Tillerson called North Korea's "restraint" pleasing and said it could open a pathway for dialogue in the near future.

"They could be ballistic missiles but they could be rockets".

In response to North Koreas expanding nuclear weapons program, South Korea has been moving to strengthen its own capabilities, planning talks with the United States on raising the warhead limits on its missiles and taking steps to place additional launchers to a US anti-missile defense system in the countrys southeast.

North Korea has conducted two nuclear tests and dozens of missile tests since the beginning of previous year.

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South Korean President Moon Jae-in did not participate in the meeting and his office didn't immediately provide further details.

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