North Korea fired three short-range ballistic missiles into the Sea of Japan
North Korea fired three short-range ballistic missiles into the Sea of Japan on Saturday morning, two of them in flight while the third exploded "almost immediately," the US military said.
Spokesman for the US Pacific Operations Command, Commander Dave Binham, said the rockets fired from the Keitereong site had never posed a threat to North America or the Pacific island of Guam.
"The first and third rockets ... were disrupted during the flight, while the second missile appeared to have exploded almost immediately after it was launched," he said, adding that the three rockets were fired for about half an hour.
A few minutes before the US announcement, the South Korean Defense Ministry said that Pyongyang had launched "unspecified projectiles" that landed in the Sea of Japan after passing nearly 250 kilometers.
According to the South Korean Defense Ministry, President John Jay-en was immediately informed of the development, while "the armed forces have begun strict monitoring of the northern regime in order to be able to respond to any other provocation."
The launch comes as US and South Korean troops are conducting joint exercises.
North Korea threatened to fire rockets near Guam, while US President Donald Trump Bingyang threatened "fire and anger." sf