Saturday, 23 September, 2017

North Korea Test Fires Three Missiles, US Says All Failed

Korea which shows ballistic missiles on display during a military parade Korea which shows ballistic missiles on display during a military parade
Delores Daniels | 29 August, 2017, 00:47

Japan has previously deployed missile interceptors after North Korea threatened to fire projectiles over Japan toward the US territory of Guam.

"Although the launches were no threat to Guam, it reminds us that we can not be complacent", said George Charfauros, the homeland security adviser on the U.S. territory.

Japan's chief cabinet secretary, Yoshihide Suga, told reporters the launches wouldn't directly affect Japan's security, and that no missiles have reached Japan's territorial waters and exclusive economic zone.

Thousands of USA and South Korean troops are now taking part in joint military drills, which are mainly largely computer-simulated exercises.

The US is now in the middle of its annual joint military exercise with South Korea, that the North has called an invasion rehearsal.

A day before the exercises began Monday, Pyongyang warned the U.S. was risking an "uncontrollable phase of a nuclear war".

Trump said Wednesday that Kim Jong-Un was "starting to respect" the United States, hours after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said talks with the nuclear-armed North over its banned weapons programmes might be possible "in the near future". But this time, CNN's Will Ripley is the only western journalist there during this tense time. They say the North may limit its reactions to low-level provocations like artillery and short-range missile launches.

"We understand that today's action indicated North Korea consistently continues developing nuclear weapons and missiles".

Also on Tuesday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson praised Pyongyang for demonstrating "some level of restraint", noting that there had been "no missile launches or provocative acts on the part of North Korea", since the United Nations Security Council voted August 5 to impose a $1 billion sanctions package against the country.

On April 2009, Pyongyang launched a long-range rocket, which flew over Japan in what it said was an attempt to put a satellite into orbit, but which was seen by the US, Japan and South Korea as a disguised test of a Taepodong-2. All US and Russian ballistic missiles are solid-fuel models.

The country has fired 18 missiles during 12 tests since February, further perfecting its technology with each launch. In July, it launched an intercontinental ballistic missile, which North Korea claims could reach "anywhere in the world".

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The North American Aerospace Command (NORAD) determined the missiles "did not pose a threat to North America".

"Xi made the remarks in a congratulatory message sent to Moon on the 25th anniversary of the establishment of China-South Korea diplomatic relations", Xinhua said.

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