North Korea launches trio of missiles amidst US-South Korea military drills

North Korea Kim Jong-un oversees target-striking contest

The first and third missiles failed in flight, while the second appears to have blown up nearly immediately, according to a statement issued by the US Pacific Command in Hawaii, which monitors North Korean missiles. Pacific Command said the missiles did not pose a threat to the US mainland or to the Pacific territory of Guam.

But this latest test did not threaten the U.S or Guam, the U.S military said.

The projectiles were launched from a site near Gitdaeryong in Gangwon Province at around 6.49 a.m, according to the South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS), Xinhua reported.

In April 2009, Pyongyang launched a long-range rocket which flew over Japan in what it said was an attempt to put a satellite into orbit, but which was seen by the US, Japan and South Korea as a disguised test of a Taepodong-2.

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.

The US Pacific Command said it had detected the missile and tracked it, which it described as an intermediate-range missile.

The missiles reportedly landed in North Korean waters about 250km away. Guam, a tiny United States territory located in Micronesia in the western Pacific, is home to two major American military bases housing over 6,000 personnel.

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The United States on Tuesday slapped sanctions on 16 Chinese and Russian individuals and companies, accusing them of supporting North Korea's nuclear program and attempting to evade U.S. sanctions.

Japan and USA conducted a joint military excercise two weeks - the largest-scale military drill to be held between the two countries - as tensins continued unabated.

Trump said Wednesday, August 23, that Kim Jong-Un was "starting to respect" the United States, hours after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said talks with the nuclear-armed North over its banned weapons programs might be possible "in the near future".

China is North Korea's only ally and is the recipient of 90 per cent of its exports and has come under pressure to take a harder line against Kim Jong-un.

North Korea test-fired three short-range missiles into the Sea of Japan.

The rival Koreas recently saw their always testy relationship get worse after Mr Trump traded warlike threats.

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