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North Korea fires unidentified projectile

26 Août 2017

North Korea launched several unidentified projectiles into sea on Saturday morning, South Korea's military reported.

South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said the projectile was sacked from a site in the eastern province of Gangwon, according to the Yonhap News Agency. The missiles reportedly flew just over 150 miles, indicating that the missiles were short-range weapons.

Japan's Kyodo news service said that the projectile could be a ballistic missile.

The missile launch comes at a time of increased tension between the nuclear-armed nation and the United States. North Korea has also simulated attacks on bases in South Korea.

North Korea has conducted a series of ballistic missile tests this year.

Close												Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga arrives at the Prime MInisters Office on the morning of August 26 after North Korea fired missiles
Close Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga arrives at the Prime MInisters Office on the morning of August 26 after North Korea fired missiles

President Moon Jae-in was immediately briefed over the incident, the JCS added.

North Korea has also repeatedly threatened to attack Guam, a Pacific island territory of the United States that carries a large American military presence.

The launch is the first by the North since it test-fired a missile on July 28 that could have been created to reach 10,000 km, putting parts of the USA mainland within reach.

This is a developing story.

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North Korea fires unidentified projectile