North Korea fired a missile into the sea early Saturday morning, the first since President Trump promised “fire and fury” for further threats.
Three short range missiles flew an estimated 155 miles before crashing into the Sea of Japan around 7 a.m. local time, according to assessments from the American and South Korean militaries
One missile blew up shortly after launch, with two others failing in flight, U.S. Pacific Command said in a statement.
The Kim Jong Un regime has repeatedly tested missiles of various ranges in recent years, though Saturday’s came after an exchange of words that prompted fears of nuclear war.
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Trump said that Pyongyang would be met with “fire and fury,” and later said the U.S. military was “locked and loaded” after North Korea suggested that it could strike an American air base in Guam.
The President was briefed on the launches, though the White House did not immediately respond the projectiles splashing down off the Korean coast.
They “did not pose a threat to North America” and “did not pose a threat to Guam,” U.S. Pacific Command, based in Hawaii, said in a statement.
It added that the U.S. “stands behind our ironcald commitment to the security of our allies in the Republic of Korea and Japan.”
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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had praised “restraint” from the Kim regime earlier this week, lauding them for not conducting more missile tests after the latest round of United Nations sanctions.
He said that he could see the possibility of a dialogue between Washington and Pyongyang “sometime in the near future,” which would represent a departure from the saber-rattling earlier this month.
The exchange of threats between Trump and Kim was in response to reports that North Korea, which possesses nuclear weapons, had successfully miniaturized a warhead to fit on an intercontinental ballistic missile.
Fears over the hermit kingdom’s nuclear program accelerated in July, when the country successfully tested an ICBM believed to be able to hit the United States.
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