North Korea fires several short-range projectiles toward its eastern sea

North Korea fires several short-range projectiles toward its eastern sea

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 BBC News quoting USA military said that the recent launch did not threaten the United States and its territory, adding that such test usually conducted following military exercise of South Korea involving the US.

The launches were the North's first rocket tests since two intercontinental ballistic missile, or ICBM, were fired last month.

Earlier in August, the UN Security Council voted unanimously to tighten sanctions on North Korea, targeting about a third of the nation's roughly $3 billion in exports.

While the launch violates United Nations resolutions, short-range rockets are generally seen as less provocative than tests of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) that could deliver a nuclear weapon to the continental US.

That would be far enough to reach major South Korean and American military bases, including those near the city of Pyeongtaek, about 60 miles south of Seoul.

The North conducted what appears to be short-range missiles Saturday in an apparent protest against an ongoing joint exercise of South Korean and US forces.

Saturday's missile test came just after North Korea conducted large-scale military drills on Friday. All US and Russian ballistic missiles are solid-fuel models.

Mixed signals emerged when US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that America was not North Korea's enemy and that it did not seek a regime change.

Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha says she believes conditions will be created to activate diplomacy for North Korea's denuclearization if situations on the Korean Peninsula are well managed through early October. David Benham, a PACOM spokesman said in a statement Saturday.

"The fact that one of the rockets failed makes clear that (North Korea) may have some production issues it needs to solve, but the other two suggest that the underlying technology is working", said David Wright, co-director of the Global Security Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists.

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