North Korea fires several short-range unidentified projectiles: military reports

Marie Harrington
August 29, 2017

South Korea's National Intelligence Service (NIS) said Monday that North Korea has completed preparations for another nuclear test at its Punggye-ri test site, adding that Pyongyang was likely to launch a ballistic missile during the ongoing US-South Korean Ulchi Freedom Guardian (UFG) military drills or on September 9 to commemorate the anniversary of its state's foundation.

Kim Dong-yub, a former South Korean military official who is now an analyst at Seoul's Institute for Far Eastern Studies, said that South Korean assessment doesn't necessarily contradict the United States evaluation that the launches involved ballistic missiles. North Korea threatened to launch ballistic missiles in a "ring of fire" around Guam after President Donald Trump threatened to hit the North with "fire and fury" if it persisted with its development of ICBMs.

USA secretary of state Rex Tillerson.

A Japanese government source said the launches appeared to have been conducted as part of drill by the North Korean military.

"If it fails, then North Korea discovers problems with either their basic design or with the way the particular failed missile was put together", Bennett said "If the missile succeeds, they confirm that they have a reasonable design and that at least one of a given production batch really did fly".

North Korea's state media reported on Saturday that Kim had guided a contest of amphibious landing and aerial strike by its army against targets modeled after South Korean islands near the sea border on the west coast.

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The launches were the North's first rocket tests since two intercontinental ballistic missile, or ICBM, were fired last month.

"I don't know that we're wrong", Tillerson said of his earlier assessment.

The ministry also said it would not approve applications for new or expanded investment in North Korea by Chinese companies.

The North has often tested missiles with similar scope, but the use of a multiple-tube launcher shows an advance in capability.

The sanctions are meant to pressure Pyongyang to end its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs.

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