North Korea s short-range missile launch off UN sanctions, fires 3 new missiles

In the latest launch by North Korea on Saturday early morning fired 3 new missiles,  off UN sanctions.

Yoshihide Suga told reporters the missiles early on Saturday did not fall into Japan’s territorial waters or the coastal 200-mile economic zone. Japan has previously deployed missile interceptors after North Korea threatened to fire projectiles over Japan toward the US territory of Guam.

According to the South Korean military, the missiles were launched from a site in the North Korean province of Gangwon and flew for about 250km (150 miles). Since firing an intercontinental ballistic weapon last month, Pyongyang has threatened to aim missiles at the United States.

The latest test did not threaten the U.S. the US Pacific Command said,The projectiles were first launched at 06:49 on Saturday (21:49 GMT Friday), South Korea’s Defence Ministry said.

“The first and third missiles failed in flight. The second missile launch appears to have blown up almost immediately,” said Commander Dave Benham of the U.S. Pacific Command. The launches were spread over a period of 30 minutes.

US and South Korean intelligence authorities are analysing the trajectories of the projectiles and other data to identify them.

“The military is keeping a tight surveillance over the North to cope with further provocations,” South Korean officials added.

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 launches were spread over a period of 30 minutes, he added. “The military is keeping a tight surveillance over the North to cope with further provocations,” the South Korean defence ministry said. Thousands of U.S. and South Korean troops are currently taking part in joint military drills, which are mainly largely computer-simulated exercises.

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