JAHAN NAMA: North Korea Tests Three Missiles

North Korea Kim Jong-un oversees target-striking contest

North Korea fired several rockets into the sea yesterday in the continuation of its rapid nuclear and missile expansion, prompting South Korea to press ahead with military drills involving U.S. troops that have angered Pyongyang.

The first and third missiles failed in flight, while the second appears to have blown up nearly immediately, according to a statement issued by the US Pacific Command in Hawaii, which monitors North Korean missiles.

Saturday's launch comes during an annual joint military exercise between the United States and South Korea that the North condemns as an invasion rehearsal, and weeks after Pyongyang threatened to lob missiles toward Guam.

US Pacific Command, in its initial assessment of the launch on Saturday, said North Korea's first and third missiles failed in flight.

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, Kim said.

The missile launches come as tens of thousands of South Korean and U.S. troops take part in joint military drills in the South, which Pyongyang views as a highly provocative rehearsal for an invasion of its own territory. On Tuesday, U.S. Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, said he was pleased to see the regime had demonstrated some level of restraint, while President Trump said he respected that Kim Jong-un was starting to respect the U.S. Today's launch could be seen as a rejection of that claim. David Benham said in an emailed statement.

Shells hit islands standing in for South Korea's Baengnyeong and Yeonpyeong islands while special forces landed in rubber boats or parachuted in and "wiped out the desperate enemy with various combat methods", the Korean Central News Agency said.


Japan and United States conducted a joint military excercise two weeks - the largest-scale military drill to be held between the two countries - as tensins continued unabated.

North Korea test-fired three short-range missiles into the Sea of Japan.

China is North Korea's only ally and is the recipient of 90 per cent of its exports and has come under pressure to take a harder line against Kim Jong-un.

And then two more were fired within the next half an hour.

"The reality vividly shows that the USA ambition for stifling the DPRK [Democratic People's Republic of 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", North Korea's official news agency KCNA said on Friday.

The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) determined the launches from North Korea did not pose a threat to North America, he added.

The rival Koreas recently saw their always testy relationship get worse after Pyongyang and President Donald Trump traded warlike threats.

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