North Korea fires possible ballistic missile

According to the USA military, two of the missiles failed while in flight and the third blew up "almost immediately" after being launched.

Earlier, the United States military initially claimed and two of the missiles failed to complete the flight, but later it emerged that one appears to have exploded nearly immediately.

One of the three missiles blew up "almost immediately", with none of the weapons posing a threat to either North America or the USA territory of Guam, the spokesman said.

North Korea's state media has not yet released any report on the launch.

Speaking to CNN's Will Ripley Monday, North Korean officials said the US faces strong punishment for conducting its current US-South Korea military games on the peninsula.

The U.S. Pacific Command assessed the projectiles as short-range ballistic missiles, but South Korea's presidential office presumed the North fired them using its new 300-millimeter long-range multiple rocket launch system.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said on Saturday that Trump was aware of the launches.

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North Korea responded by threatening to bomb the waters surrounding the U.S. territory of Guam, which led to one of the most serious escalations in hostile rhetoric between Washington and Pyongyang in recent years.

The South Korean defence ministry said: "The military is keeping a tight surveillance over the North to cope with further provocations".

The Joint Chiefs of Staff described it as an "unidentified projectile", saying it was sacked from a site in the eastern province of Gangwon.

This isn't the first time North Korea has embarrassed themselves with failed missile launches, though.

"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".

"They could be ballistic missiles but they could be rockets".

The intercontinental ballistic missile Hwasong-14 is seen during its test launch. "We have to respond firmly", said Onodera.

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