The U.S. Pacific Command announced on Saturday that North Korea launched three short-range ballistic missiles, adding that none of them were successful.
All three appeared to be short-range missiles, rather than the long-range types created to be able to strike the United States, and were launched from Kittaeryong on North Korea's east coast.
It added that the missile posed no threat to the USA territory of Guam, which the North had previously warned it would fire missiles toward. It later amended its statement to say the missiles flew "approximately 250 kilometers in a northeastern direction". In addition to prohibiting new businesses, it also nixes the expansion of any joint ventures involving North Koreans in China and states that new Chinese applications to invest in North Korea or increase existing investments will be rejected.
In an ironic attempt to taunt President Donald Trump, North Korea recently launched three ballistic missiles into the Sea of Japan. It said South Korea and USA militaries were analyzing the launch and didn't immediately provide more details.
Japan's NHK broadcast said the projectiles did not appear to be objects that could threaten Japan's safety. Hours later North Korea had said it was "carefully examining" plans to strike Guam.
Both South Korea and the U.S. say the training is defensive in nature, but North Korea sees it as provocative and hostile.
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Seoul said the war games will continue "even more thoroughly" in response to the launch, reports The Associated Press. Early reports suggested that the missiles traveled only 150 miles before falling in the sea.
Kim reportedly told his troops that they "should think of mercilessly wiping out the enemy with arms only and occupying Seoul at one go and the southern half of Korea".
But earlier this week the rhetoric appeared to be cooling - at least on the American side - as Trump expressed optimism about North Korea on Tuesday, saying of leader Kim Jong Un, "I respect the fact that he is starting to respect us".
The test "shows an advance in capability", says The Times because the "missiles were 300-millimeter rockets fired from a multiple-tube launcher".
The missile launches are believed to be the North's first since July, when it successfully tested a pair of intercontinental ballistic missiles that analysts say could eventually reach the U.S. mainland.
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