North Korea launches three ballistic missiles into sea

North Korea has test fired three short-range ballistic missiles (SRBM) from a site in the Gangwon (Gwangwon-do) province on the country’s east coast, the US military has confirmed.

According to the statement released by the U.S. Pacific Command, the launch took place between 11:49 a.m and 12: 19 p.m Hawaii time. It added that the first and the third missiles failed in flight, and the second missile, launched at 12:07 p.m, appears to have blown up almost immediately after launch.

The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) determined that the missile launched do not pose any threat to North America.

Since firing two Hwasong-14 intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) into the Sea of Japan last month, Pyongyang has threatened to aim missiles at the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam.

North Korean missile tests often come in response to South Korean military exercises involving the US.

Thousands of US and South Korean troops are currently taking part in massive joint military drills called Ulchi-Freedom Guardian, which are mainly computer-simulated exercises.

A day before the exercises began Monday, Pyongyang warned the US was risking an “uncontrollable phase of a nuclear war.” North Korean state-run media said the country’s military could strike the US at any time and that neither Guam, Hawaii nor the US mainland could avoid the “merciless strike.”

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