The White House said that President Donald Trump – who has warned that he would unleash “fire and fury” if the North continued its threats – was briefed on the latest North Korean activity and “we are monitoring the situation”.
Pyongyang has responded by threatening to fire medium range missiles close to the island of Guam, a u.s. territory in the Pacific that is home to important military bases, to send a “warning critical” to Washington.
Pyongyang has recently faced a wave of global sanctions over its test-firing of two intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) last month that apparently brought most of the United States into range for the first time.
Describing about the Saturday military moves, KCNA said, “Airplanes which received an order for sortie ceaselessly hit hard the enemy targets and multiple-missile launchers of different calibers and self propelled gun howitzers fired in salvo”.
The missiles did not pose a threat to either North America or the US Pacific island territory of Guam, the Pacific Command said.
“It is unacceptable for individuals and companies in China, Russia, and elsewhere to enable North Korea to generate income used to develop weapons of mass destruction and destabilize the region”, Mnuchin said in a statement.
“The reality vividly shows that the USA 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. The last missile launch was on July 28, a test of the long-range Hwasong-14 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that could potentially strike the U.S. mainland.
The border islands have occasionally seen military skirmishes between the rivals, including a North Korean artillery barrage on Yeonpyeong in 2010 that left two South Korean marines and two civilians dead.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson this past week credited the North with showing some restraint by not launching a missile since the ICBM test in July, and he had expressed hope that the easing of tension could lead to dialogue.
“We continue to monitor North Korea’s actions closely”, Pacific Command said. “U.S”.
This week, the United States and Japan placed new sanctions on entities and individuals that support North Korea, in countries such as China and Russian Federation. They also seemed to show that the country was using special fiber to build lighter-weight composite rocket casings.
This is the 13th North Korean missile or missile component test thus far this year.