North Korea Is Reported To Have Launched Several Missiles, Heightening Tensions

The launches are believed to be North Korea’s first test since the Fourth of July when it fired its first intercontinental ballistic test into the sea near Japan.

North Korea today launched three ballistic missiles, United States military officials said, dampening President Donald Trump’s optimism to strike a deal with Pyongyang to contain its rapidly expanding nuclear weapons programme.

The Joint Chiefs of Staff described it as an “unidentified projectile”, saying it was sacked from a location in the eastern province of Gangwon. Kim Dong-yub, a former South Korean military official who is now an analyst at Seoul’s Institute for Far Eastern Studies, said that South Korean assessments don’t necessarily contradict the USA evaluation that the launches involved ballistic missiles.

Though North Korea says it now has the ability to send missiles to the U.S. mainland, USA defense officials said they determined these missiles did not pose a threat to North America or Guam.

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Both South Korea and the U.S. say the training is defensive in nature, but North Korea sees it as provocative and hostile.

Seoul said the war games will continue “even more thoroughly” in response to the launch, reports The Associated Press.

The missile test capped yet another eventful week on the Korean peninsula, which began with the annual US-South Korea military exercises.

“We should be looking at Hwasong-13 as a 12,000-km class ICBM that can strike all of the mainland United States”, said Kim Dong-yub, a military expert at Seoul’s Kyungnam University.

The video claims there has been “commotion at the White House, the Pentagon, on Guam and on the political scene“, since North Korea threatened to attack Guam, according to the Washington Post’s translation.

The missile launches pose “no immediate threat” to Guam, Guam’s office of the governor said in a statement.

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.

Applications for Chinese new or expanded investment in North Korea by Chinese companies would not be approved, the ministry said. 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.

Tillerson expressed confidence in United Nations efforts, supported by China, to allow worldwide pressure to work in convincing North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons programme.

South Korea has also been testing new missiles of its own, including the 800-kilometer (497 mile)-range Hyunmoo-2.

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