BREAKING NEWS Out Of NORTH KOREA

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North Korea fired at least 3 short-range missiles into the Sea of Japan, according to U.S. officials.

The officials confirmed a report by the Yonhap news agency that cited South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff and reported that the projectile was fired from a site in Gangwon province in eastern North Korea.

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The report added that the missiles flew about 155 miles to the northeast.

In a statement, Cmdr. David Benham, a spokesman for U.S. Pacific Command, said the missile launches occurred “between 11:49 a.m. and 12:19 p.m. Hawaii time Aug. 25.”

U.S. Pacific Command detected and tracked what we assess were multiple North Korean ballistic missile launches between 11:49 a.m. and 12:19 p.m. Hawaii time Aug. 25.

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Initial assessment indicates three short-range ballistic missile launches. The first and third missiles at 11:49 a.m. and 12:19 p.m. failed in flight. The second missile launch at 12:07 p.m. appears to have blown up almost immediately. The three launches occurred near Kittaeryong, North Korea. We are working with our Interagency partners on a more detailed assessment and we will provide a public update if warranted.

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NORAD and USNORTHERN Command determined the three ballistic missile launches from North Korea did not pose a threat to North America.

The U.S. Pacific Command determined the three ballistic missile launches from North Korea did not pose a threat to Guam. We continue to monitor North Korea’s actions closely.

U.S. Pacific Command stands behind our ironclad commitment to the security of our allies in the Republic of Korea and Japan.”

This latest North Korean missile test would be the 12th ballistic missile test this year. North Korea has demonstrated significant advancements in its missile technology this year testing and is on a pace to test more missiles this year than in any previous calendar year, ABC reported.

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Their biggest achievements were North Korea’s successful launches of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) in July proving they could reach the continental United States.

The two launches in July triggered an international crisis as President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un exchanged in volatile rhetoric.

On Aug. 8, Trump threatened North Korea with “fire and fury like the world has never seen,” touching off a war of words between the two governments.

Kim said he would consider sending missiles into the waters off the coast of Guam in “mid-August.” Guam is a U.S. island territory that is home to two American military bases.

But, after reviewing those plans, Kim ultimately decided he would “watch a little more the foolish and stupid conduct of the Yankees,” seeming to walk back an imminent threat to the island and de-escalating tensions on the Peninsula — at least for now.

Fox News reports that the launch came five days after U.S. and South Korean forces began annual military exercises that the North claims are a rehearsal for war. Tensions on the peninsula generally ratchet up during the maneuvers and a series of larger exercises held each spring.

North Korea had not launched any missiles since the United Nations Security Council adopted a resolution imposing new sanctions against the rogue nation on Aug. 5. Earlier this week, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson trumpeted the lack of “missile launches or provocative acts” by the North since the resolution was passed.

“I am pleased to see that the regime in Pyongyang has certainly demonstrated some level of restraint that we’ve not seen in the past,” Tillerson said at the time.

On Wednesday, North Korea’s state media released photos that appeared to show concept designs of one or possibly two new missiles.

The diagrams were seen hanging on a wall behind leader Kim Jong Un while he visited a plant that makes solid-fuel engines for the country’s ballistic-missile program.

One of the photos clearly showed a diagram for a missile called “Pukguksong-3,” which appears to be the latest in its Pukguksong, or Polaris, series. The other was harder to discern, though it carried a “Hwasong,” or Mars, designation name.

North Korea successfully tested the submarine-launched Pukguksong-1 in August last year. It then followed up with a successful test of the land-based Pukguksong-2 in February this year. Both are believed to have intermediate ranges that could target Japan and the U.S. bases there but not the mainland United States.

Hwasong is what North Korea calls most of its missiles, including its only ICBM — the Hwasong-14, which it tested last month. That missile is believed capable of reaching the U.S. mainland, though it probably needs another year or more of fine-tuning before it could be a serious threat.

This is a developing story- we will keep you informed.

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