North Korea conducts new missile firing

Lucy Bush
August 29, 2017

North Korea used a multiple-rocket launcher off its east coast on Saturday to fire three short-range missiles that could strike US military bases deep in South Korea, officials in Seoul said.

Later, North Korea threatened to fire ICBM near Guam, a U.S. island territory in the Western pacific housing a large military base.

Animosity between the two countries spiked earlier this month after North Korea warned it might fire missiles toward the U.S. territory of Guam in response to warlike rhetoric from Donald Trump.

The command had said earlier that the first and third missiles, fired early on Saturday, had "failed in flight".

The projectiles appear to be three short-range ballistic missiles, according to US Pacific Command (USPACOM).

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The launches yesterday came as tens of thousands of South Korean and USA troops took part in joint military drills in the south of the peninsula, which Pyongyang views as highly provocative. At a rally in Phoenix, Arizona last week, Mr Trump said Kim Jong-un "is starting to respect us.maybe something positive can come about".

The ban also prohibits the expansion of any existing joint ventures involving North Koreans in China, while new Chinese applications to invest in North Korea or to increase existing investments in the country will be rejected, the ministry said.

South Korea's president, Moon Jae-in, had been informed, Yonhap said.

"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.

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The projectiles flew about 250 kilometers (155 miles) into the Sea of Japan, or East Sea, the Saturday statement said.

The message from the unification ministry to the North was sent at 10 a.m. on Thursday through the United Nations Command Military Armistice Commission at the demilitarized zone. Japan has previously deployed missile interceptors after North Korea threatened to fire projectiles over Japan toward the USA territory of Guam.

Currently, tens of thousands of soldiers and military personnel of the two countries take part in the maneuvers, in the context of an exercise dubbed "Ulchi Freedom Guardian".

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.

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