North Korea fires three 'short-range' ballistic missiles, United States says

Not only the navy, the Chinese air force has been active over South and the East China Sea.

President Moon Jae-in ordered the country's military to further enhance its defense readiness Monday, calling for an immediate offensive in case North Korea crosses what he called the "line" or launches a direct attack against the South Korean capital.

But on Saturday, true to recent form, North Korea test-fired three short-range ballistic missiles, with Kim apparently thumbing his nose at calls for him to send Washington a signal that he is serious about nuclear disarmament.

Some of those flew more than 250 kilometers in a north-eastern direction, it added.

The presidential office in Seoul said the US and South Korean militaries will proceed with their war games "even more thoroughly" in response to the launch.

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In the latest launch, the U.S. Pacific Command says two of the North's missiles failed in flight after an unspecified distance, and another appeared to have blown up immediately.

The United States on Tuesday slapped sanctions on 16 Chinese and Russian individuals and companies, accusing them of supporting North Korea's nuclear program and attempting to evade U.S. sanctions.

"We are working with our interagency partners on a more detailed assessment and we will provide a public update if warranted", Commander Dave Benham, a spokesman for Pacific Command, said in a statement.

North Korea's large-sized artillery rockets blur the boundaries between artillery systems and ballistic missiles because they create their own thrust and are guided during delivery, Kim said.

"We confirmed there was no direct impact on our country's security".

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The North bombarded Yeonpyeong island in November 2010 in response to a South Korean live-fire drill near the tense sea border, killing four South Koreans - two soldiers and two civilians - and prompting Seoul to return the fire.

Trump said Wednesday, August 23, that Kim Jong-Un was "starting to respect" the United States, hours after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said talks with the nuclear-armed North over its banned weapons programs might be possible "in the near future".

The United States and its "puppets" in South Korea should "act with discretion if they want to evade the historic moment of death", the statement said.

Heightening concerns about North Korea's aims, state media last week reported that leader Kim Jong Un visited the Chemical Material Institute of the Academy of Defence Sciences and inspected designs for two new long-range missiles.

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