North Korea fires short-range missiles in latest test

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North Korea fires"unidentified projectiles to sea Seoul

North Korea fired several short-range missiles into the sea off its east coast early on Saturday, South Korea and the US military said, as the two allies conducted annual joint military drills that the North denounces as preparation for war, APA reports quoting Reuters. The launches occurred in the midst of the US and South Korea's annual military exercises. It later amended its statement to say the missiles flew "approximately 250 kilometers in a northeastern direction".

The Ulchi Freedom Guardian exercises, which mainly involve computer simulations rather than battlefield maneuvers or fly-overs with bombers, are now taking place in South Korea.

Kim says 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. Two intercontinental ballistic missile tests in July resulted in a new round of tougher global sanctions.

He said the launches sent a signal that Pyongyang is still not prepared to back away from its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

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The launch comes amid an easing of tension after weeks of harsh exchange of threats between North Korea and the United States after the North's leader Kim Jong Un threatened to fire missiles into the sea near the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam.

Benham says the military continues with a more detailed assessment.

"The military is keeping a tight surveillance over the North to cope with further provocations", the ministry said.

Kim Jong Un, the North Korean dictator, inspected a special operation forces training of the army which simulated attacks on South Korean islands, according to state media in Pyongyang.

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Just last week, Tillerson attempted to dial down tensions by noting there had been no missile tests or "provocative acts" from North Korea since a United Nations Security Council resolution sanctioning Pyongyang was passed earlier this month. "We view it as provocative against the United States and its allies".

Tillerson called North Korea's "restraint" pleasing and said it could open a pathway for dialogue in the near future. All US and Russian ballistic missiles are solid-fuel models.

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"In regards to activity in North Korea tonight, the president has been briefed and we are monitoring the situation", she said.

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It has fired more than 20 missiles since February, further perfecting its technology with each launch. The North's latest missile provocation comes after two successful ICBM launches last month .

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