North Korea fires unidentified projectile into sea

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 27, 2017

The North tends to test-fire ballistics missiles or other projectiles - including those from long-range multiple rocket launchers - in response to US-South Korea joint military exercises. "The second missile launch appears to have blown up nearly immediately", said Commander Dave Benham of the U.S. Pacific Command.

The second missile launch at 12.07pm appears to have blown up nearly immediately, the spokesman said.

The launch took place as the US and South Korea carry out 11 days of joint military exercises, known as Ulchi Freedom Guardian (UFG), and follows weeks of angry rhetoric between Washington and Pyongyang.

It said: "The US imperialists and the south Korean war maniacs Monday launched Ulchi Freedom Guardian joint military drills aimed at a preemptive attack on the DPRK, according to CBS of south Korea".

In Washington, the White House said U.S. President Donald Trump was briefed on the launches and that the administration is monitoring the situation.

South Korea's presidential office said North Korea presumably tested its 300-millimeter artillery rocket system.

"Although the launches were no threat to Guam, it reminds us that we can not be complacent", Charfauros said.

In July, the North Korea successfully tested to ballistic missiles that, it said, were capable of reaching the USA mainland.

A spokesman for US Pacific Command said none of the missiles, which it said were launched near Kittaeryong, had posed a threat to either North America or the US Pacific territory of Guam.

Both South Korea and the USA say the training is defensive in nature, but North Korea sees it as provocative and hostile.

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

Last month, it carried out two successful intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) launches, overseen by Mr Kim and apparently bringing the U.S. into range for the first time.

The presidential office in Seoul said the USA and South Korean militaries will proceed with their ongoing war games "even more thoroughly" in response to the launch.

NORTH Korean dictator Kim Jong-un has threatened Theresa May that the United Kingdom faces a "miserable end" if it joins military exercises in South Korea.

The launch came days before leaders from the Group of 20 nations were due to discuss steps to rein in North Korea's weapons programme, which it has pursued in defiance of U.N. Security Council sanctions.

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