Friday 19 January 2018

North Korea launches more test rockets off east coast

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Photo: AP
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Photo: AP

Jack Kim

North Korea early this morning fired several short-range ballistic missiles into the sea off its east coast from its eastern Kangwon province, South Korea's military said.

The South Korean Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said the projectiles flew in a northeasterly direction for about 250km into the sea.

Cmdr David Benham, a spokesman for the US Pacific Command, said two of the rockets failed in flight while a third blew up almost immediately after launch.

Japan's NHK broadcast said the projectiles did not appear to be objects that could threaten Japan's safety.

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

The launch comes amid an easing of tension after weeks of harsh exchange of threats between North Korea and the US after the North's leader Kim Jong-Un threatened to fire missiles close to the US Pacific territory of Guam.

Irish Independent

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