North Korea missile launch fails

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

The two missiles that failed in flight reportedly traveled 155 miles before splashing into the sea.

The 10-day Ulchi Freedom Guardian exercises, which began August 21, are conducted annually and touted by South Korea and the United States as defensive in nature.

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One of the three missiles blew up "almost immediately", with none of the weapons posing a threat to either North America or the United States territory of Guam, the spokesman said. Japan has previously deployed missile interceptors after North Korea threatened to fire projectiles over Japan toward the US territory of Guam.

In 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.

Kim says North Korea's large-sized artillery rockets blur the boundaries between artillery systems and ballistic missiles because they create their own thrust and are guided during delivery. North Korea did in fact shell Yeonpyeong-do in 2010, killing four South Koreans, which led to Seoul significantly increasing its military presence in the area.

At 6:49 A.M. South Korea time, the first of three missile launches were detected.

Cheong Wa Dae announced that the allies won't be swayed by the North's saber-rattling, saying they will "proceed more thoroughly" with the ongoing UFG drills.

The White House said that U.S. President Donald Trump received the related briefing from the U.S. military.

The three missiles fired by Pyongyang in that test were short-range Scud missiles, Gen. Jeong Kyeong-doo, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Monday.

An intercontinental ballistic missile launches in North Korea on July 28, 2017, in this photo released by the North's media.

"I respect the fact that he is starting to respect us", Trump said at a campaign rally earlier this week.

  • Rogelio Becker