South Korean military confirms North Korean missile launch


Source Daily Mail Online

North Korea has launched several short-range projectiles into the Sea of Japan, the South Korean military has said.

The country’s Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said it was analysing the objects but declined to say whether they were ballistic missiles.

The ministry said: ‘The military is keeping a tight surveillance over the North to cope with further provocations’.

They landed off the east coast of South Korea’s Kangwon province, the military added, after flying 155 miles in a northeasterly direction following a 6.49 am launch. 

It comes as a US-South Korea joint military exercise is under way. 

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

The North tends to test-fire balistic missiles or other projectiles – including those from long-range multiple rocket launchers – in response to US-South Korea joint military exercises.

The Yonhap news agency, however, has claimed they could be missiles.

Tens of thousands of South Korean and US troops are taking part in the ‘Ulchi Freedom Guardian’ joint military drills, a largely computer-simulated exercise that runs for two weeks in the South.  

The Stalinist autocracy of North Korea has conducted two nuclear tests and dozens of missile tests since the beginning of last year, defying world powers and raising fears of a devastating conflict breaking out in East Asia.  

Pyongyang later said it had a plan to fire missiles at the US territory of Guam, while President Donald Trump said any threats would be met with ‘fire and fury’. 

Earlier this week, North Korean state media showed Kim standing next to the diagram of an intercontinental ballistic missile more powerful than any it has previously tested.

North Korea condemned the military drills the US is conducting with the South and branded Trump ‘weird’ and ‘ego-driven’, not long after Trump claimed Kim was starting to ‘respect’ him.

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