US Military Revises Report on NK Missile Launch

Mandy Carr
August 29, 2017

South Korean security analyst Kim Dong-yub said Saturday that South Korea's assessments don't contradict USA military evaluations that identified the launches as short-range ballistic missiles.

South Korea's president, Moon Jae-in, had been informed, Yonhap said.

Japan's NHK broadcast said the projectiles did not appear to be objects that could threaten Japan's safety.

The missile test capped yet another eventful week on the Korean peninsula, which began with the annual US-South Korea military exercises. "We are now analysing", Japan's Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera said, adding that they did not fly on a "lofted" trajectory.

The last missile test was of a second intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) on July 28.

In July, the North Korea successfully tested to ballistic missiles that, it said, were capable of reaching the United States mainland.

U.S. Pacific Command said three missiles were fired, and U.S. officials said the weapons didn't pose a threat to the United States, including its territory of Guam.

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Last week, Mr Trump praised North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for his "wise" decision while UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said he had told Russia, Japan, the United States, China and North and South Korea that he was available to help broker talks.

The U.S. State Department did not immediately comment about the Saturday missile launches.

However, some experts say North Korea is now mainly focused on the bigger picture of testing its bargaining power against the United States with its new long-range missiles and likely has no interest in letting things get too tense during the drills. USA officials say none of the missiles posed any threat to North America at any point. All US and Russian ballistic missiles are solid-fuel models.

Mr Tillerson said he was "pleased" to see Pyongyang had "demonstrated some level of restraint that we've not seen in the past".

Throughout the year, North Korea has conducted a series of ballistic missile tests.

The White House said Trump was briefed on the latest North Korean activity and "we are monitoring the situation". Although the missile has not been operationally deployed yet, it is considered a key component to the so-called “kill chain” pre-emptive strike capability the South is pursuing to cope with the Norths growing nuclear and missile threat.

NPR's Elise Hu reports from Seoul that the USA maintains the computer-based drills are purely defensive, but the North has long regarded them as preparations for invasion.

Other reports by Guamnewswatch

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