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North Korea fires three missiles into sea

North Korea fires three missiles into sea

North Korea has fired three short-range ballistic missiles, the United States military said on Saturday.

They were launched from a site in the North Korean province of Gangwon and flew for about 250km (150 miles), officials in South Korea said.

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Since firing an intercontinental ballistic weapon last month, Pyongyang has threatened to aim missiles at the U.S Pacific territory of Guam, the BBC reports.

But this latest test did not threaten the U.S or Guam, the U.S military said.

North Korean missile tests often come in response to South Korean military exercises involving the U.S.

Thousands of U.S and South Korean troops are currently taking part in joint military drills, which are mainly largely computer-simulated exercises.

The projectiles were launched at 06:49 on Saturday (21:49 GMT Friday), South Korea’s defence ministry said.

The U.S military initially reported that two of the missiles had failed but, according to its later assessment, one appears to have blown up almost immediately while two flew about 250km (155 miles) in a north-easterly direction.

The launches were spread over a period of 30 minutes, an official said.

 

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