US Military Revises Report on NK Missile Launch

US Military Revises Report on NK Missile Launch

In May, North Korea thumbed its nose at Mr Tillerson personally by testing a missile just after the US Secretary of State chaired a UN Security Council meeting at which he warned that failure to curb Pyongyang's nuclear and ballistic missile programs could lead to "catastrophic consequences".

"The military is keeping a tight surveillance over the North to cope with further provocations", the South Korean defense ministry said.

The U.S. Pacific Command has revised its assessment of the latest North Korean missile launches, saying the first and third projectiles did not fail in flight.

North Korea's last missile test on July 28 was for an intercontinental ballistic missile created to fly 10,000 km (6,200 miles).

North Korea has conducted two nuclear tests and dozens of missile tests since the beginning of past year, significantly raising tension on the heavily militarised Korean peninsula and in defiance of U.N. Security Council resolutions. Early reports suggested that the missiles traveled only 150 miles before falling in the sea.

The projectiles were launched from a site near Gitdaeryong in Gangwon Province at around 6.49 a.m, according to the South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS), Xinhua reported.

North Korean state-run media said the country's military could strike the U.S. at any time and that neither Guam, Hawaii nor the USA mainland could avoid the "merciless strike".

"The reality vividly shows that the US ambition for stifling [North Korea] remains unchanged no matter how much water may flow under the bridge and the puppet group's ambition for invading the north remains unchanged", the state-run Korean Central News Agency reported. "I respect the fact that he is starting to respect us", Trump said of Kim.

After weeks of relative calm, North Korea has carried out three missile test launches, with US and South Korean officials describing them as "ballistic missiles" fired toward the East Sea, not far from Japan.

"We understand that today's action indicated North Korea consistently continues developing nuclear weapons and missiles".

Mr Tillerson said he was "pleased" to see Pyongyang had "demonstrated some level of restraint that we've not seen in the past".

Saturdays launch comes during an annual joint military exercise between the United States and South Korea that the North condemns as an invasion rehearsal, and weeks after Pyongyang threatened to lob missiles toward Guam.

NPR's Elise Hu reports from Seoul that the US maintains the computer-based drills are purely defensive, but the North has long regarded them as preparations for invasion. All US and Russian ballistic missiles are solid-fuel models.

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