North Korea fires 3 ballistic missiles, U.S. says, breaking lull

North Korea fires 3 ballistic missiles, U.S. says, breaking lull”

President Trump retorted that his forces were "locked and loaded" and he would launch "fire and fury" at his enemy.The North Korean leader then seemed to postpone the attack near Guam, but said he could change his mind in face of "Yankee" provocations.

It said that the second missile appears to have blown up immediately and that none posed threat to the USA territory of Guam, which the North had previously warned it would fire missiles toward. All of the missiles failed - one blowing up nearly immediately after launch, while two others failed in flight, it added. The annual Seoul-Washington military drills kicked off on Monday amid tensions between North Korea and the USA following Pyongyang's threat against Guam and its two long-range ballistic missile launches last month.

North Korea argues that its arsenal of nuclear and ballistic weapons is necessary to prevent the US from invading it, pointing to historical examples such as Iraq and Libya.

North Korea fired three short-range missiles, but two of them "failed in flight" while the third blew up shortly after launching, the US military said Friday.

The missile test capped yet another eventful week on the Korean peninsula, which began with the annual US-South Korea military exercises. During last year's Ulchi drills, North Korea test-fired a submarine-launched ballistic missile that flew about 500 kilometers (310 miles) in the longest flight by that type of weapon.

In a separate statement, Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense said it was aware of the launch, but it was "determined not to be a threat to Guam or the Marianas".

North Korea have previously left details of important developments in the background of photographs to show the world what they may be capable of.

Yonhap said the North's move had been immediately reported to South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson earlier this week credited the North with showing restraint by not launching a missile since the late July ICBM test.

U.S. Army soldiers prepare their military exercise in Paju, South Korea, near the border with North Korea, Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017. North Koreas state run media said that the country's media van attack the USA at any time and that neither Guam, Hawaii or the U.S. mainland will be available to avoid this "merciless strike".

Yeonpyeong Island is located near the city of Incheon, and was the target of North Korea shelling in 2010.

Earlier today, the United Nations said North Korea had increased its efforts to produce parts for a new nuclear reactor.

Trump has called on China to play a more active role in convincing North Korea to halt its weapons programme and stop threatening its neighbours and the US.

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