North Korea fired three short-range ballistic missiles in the Sea of Japan on Saturday (August 26th), the US military said, confirming the firing of ” unidentified projectiles ” announced earlier by the South Korean Ministry of Defense.
These North Korean tests took place in full joint military maneuvers between US and South Korean forces. However, none of the missiles from the North Korean site of Kittaeryong posed any threat to the United States or to the US territory of Guam, said Commander Dave Benham, an official for the Army Command American relations in the Pacific. ” The first and third missiles (…) had a malfunction in flight ” and the second ” seems to have exploded almost instantaneously “, the spokesman said, adding that the three shots were spread over 30 minutes.
“We are following the situation closely”
According to the South Korean Ministry of Defense, shooting began at 6:49 local time on Saturday (21:49 GMT Friday) and the projectiles traveled about 250 kilometers. US President Donald Trump ” was informed ” of the shootings ” and we are monitoring the situation closely,” said Sarah Sanders, the White House communications officer.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in was immediately informed of the shootings and ” the armed forces have started strict monitoring of the north (Pyongyang) regime in order to respond to other provocations,” the ministry said. The Defense in Seoul.
“No direct impact on security” of Japan
For its part, Japan indicated that its territory had not been affected. ” We confirm that no ballistic missile has fallen on our country’s territory or in its exclusive economic zone at sea,” Japanese government spokesman Yoshihide Suga told reporters.
“There has been no direct impact on the security of our country, ” but Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, ” told us to stay on alert and do our best to react to any situation in order to protect the Lives and property of our people, “the official added.