North Korea fires short-range missiles into the sea

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North Korea launched at least three ballistic missiles into the East Sea on Saturday morning, resuming a provocative act in a month despite Washington's diplomacy-first approach toward the belligerent regime.

The ban also prohibits the expansion of any existing joint ventures...

Serving as a warning as to what might happen if Britain becomes involved with the US and South Korean military exercises, a statement was issued by the Korean Central News Agency on Wednesday, the Mirror reports.

Benham says the military continues with a more detailed assessment.

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.

The first and third missiles failed in flight, while the second appears to have blown up nearly immediately, said U.S. Pacific Command in Hawaii, which monitors North Korean missiles.

The missiles reportedly landed in North Korean waters about 250km away. It said that the second missile appears to have blown up immediately and that none posed threat to the United States territory of Guam, which the North had previously warned it would fire missiles toward.

"This is the most tense I've ever seen [it]", a North Korean official told Ripley. It said South Korea and US militaries were analyzing the launch and didn't immediately provide more details. "The situation could escalate at any moment".

Also on Tuesday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson praised Pyongyang for demonstrating "some level of restraint", noting that there had been "no missile launches or provocative acts on the part of North Korea", since the United Nations Security Council voted August 5 to impose a $1 billion sanctions package against the country.

The North's missiles have alarmed Japan since a Taepodong-1 overflew its territory in 1998. All US and Russian ballistic missiles are solid-fuel models. North Korea's state media released photos Wednesday that appear to show the designs of one or possibly two new missiles.

The principle ensures that the military remains North Korea's highest political priority.

On July 28, North Korea tested its Hwasong-14 ballistic missile, which with a range of 10,000 km (6,200 miles) is theoretically capable of hitting the United States mainland.

Earlier in August, South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yeon rejected the opposition's calls for deployment of tactical nuclear weapons, saying it would make it hard to justify asking North Korea to denuclearize.