North Korea launches trio of missiles amidst US-South Korea military drills

28 Août, 2017, 02:06 | Auteur: Lynn Cook
  • North Korea launches trio of missiles amidst US-South Korea military drills

Tensions between Pyongyang and Washington escalated this month, as North Korean leader Kim Jong Un threatened to fire missiles into waters near Guam and Trump threatened to rain "fire and fury" on North Korea.

The second missile launch occurred at 12:07 p.m. It appears to have blown up immediately.

South Korean security analyst Kim Dong-yub said Saturday that South Korea's assessments don't contradict U.S. military evaluations that identified the launches as short-range ballistic missiles.

The launch is the first by the North since it test-fired a missile on July 28 that could have been designed to reach 10,000 km (6,200 miles), putting parts of the U.S. mainland within reach.

Japan will conduct missile interceptor drills at U.S. military bases in the country next week and in September amid growing threats from North Korea, Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said Friday.

"Clearly they are still messaging us as well that they are not prepared to completely back away from their position", he said. It later amended its statement to say the missiles flew "approximately 250 kilometers in a northeastern direction".

While the new North Korean game has created a stir online, the production is not much different from other violent conflict games such as the Activision-made Call of Duty.

The range would also be sufficient to reach Seongju, a South Korean town where the United States has begun installing an advanced missile-defense system known as THAAD.

New sanctions by China, Japan, the United States and the United Nations are aimed at pressuring Pyongyang to end its nuclear weapons programme.

"We are working with our interagency partners on a more detailed assessment and we will provide a public update if warranted", Commander Dave Benham, a spokesman for Pacific Command, said in a statement.

The launches came a month after the communist nation test-fired another intercontinental ballistic missile.

The missiles were launched from Kittaeryong, in North Korea's eastern Kangwon province.

The U.S. Pacific Command assessed that the projectiles were "three short-range ballistic missile launches".

"I respect the fact that he is starting to respect us", Trump said at a campaign rally earlier this week. "We do view it as a provocative act, a provocative act against the United States and our allies".

Solid fuel missiles are faster and easier to deploy, and harder to catch before they launch because there's a lot less to be done in terms of launch preparation.