Korea fires 3 short-range ballistic missiles: United States military

Posted August 29, 2017

North Korea fired three short-range ballistic missiles on 26 August after Kim Jong-un's regime strongly criticized US-South Korea joint military drills.

The first and third missiles launched at 6:49 a.m. and 7:19 a.m. JST, respectively, failed in flight, while the second launched at 7:07 a.m. appeared to have blown up nearly immediately, according to the U.S. Pacific Command based in Hawaii.

The delegation plans to meet with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and National Assembly leaders to discuss cooperation before leaving Seoul on Wednesday, according to sources.

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When briefing the parliament on Pyongyang's intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) re-entry technologies, the agency noted that it was "at a low level", based on its analysis of a photo, released by North Korean state-run media. -South Korea war game, codenamed Ulchi Freedom Guardian (UFG).

The United States, Japan and South Korea have been on heightened alert against possible provocative acts by the North as Friday marked the anniversary of its "Songun" (military-first) policy.

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

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The missile tests came shortly after Tillerson praised North Korea for showing restraint and suggested that dialogue could take place soon.

"If it fails, then North Korea discovers problems with either their basic design or with the way the particular failed missile was put together", Bennett said "If the missile succeeds, they confirm that they have a reasonable design and that at least one of a given production batch really did fly".

"North Korea gains information from every missile launch, whether it succeeds or whether it fails", said Bruce Bennett, senior analyst at the Rand Corp. think tank.

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Kang said South Korea would patiently make efforts to ease tensions on the peninsula and resolve humanitarian issues between the two sides, though Pyongyang had yet to respond to it. Air Koryo was sanctioned by the U.S. previous year but continues to operate regular flights from China and Russian Federation.