The U.S. military had originally said North Korea failed in its attempt to launch short range missiles on Saturday. Hours later they changed the story by confirming that the rogue nation successfully shot off three short-range missiles.
At first, U.S. Pacific Command spokesman and Cmdr. David Benham said that two missiles failed in flight, and that a third blew up almost immediately. But later on he changed the announcement to match that of Seoul’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, who said the missiles fired from North Korea flew about 155 miles. There are no further details regarding where the missiles landed.
Benham said the missiles did not pose a threat to North America or U.S. military facilities on the U.S. territory of Guam.
The latest launch is the first known launches since July, when the North Korea successfully tested two ICBMs that analysts say could reach deep into the U.S. mainland when perfected by Kim Jong Un’s military.
The latest missile launches are likely a response to U.S. and South Korean forces conducting annual military exercises earlier in the week.
According to Fox News, before the latest missile launches were confirmed, North Korean state media said that dictator Kim Jong Un inspected a special operation forces training of the country’s army that simulated attacks on South Korean islands along the countries’ western sea border in what appeared to be in response to the ongoing U.S.-South Korea war games.
North Korea’s missile testing has been dormant since August 5 when the United Nations Security Council adopted a resolution imposing new sanctions against the country.
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