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

Korea which shows ballistic missiles on display during a military parade

North Korea early on Saturday fired several short-range projectiles into the sea off its east coast from its eastern Kangwon province, South Korea's military said.

"As long as the U.S. hostile policy and nuclear threat remains unchallenged, (North Korea) will never place its self-defensive nuclear deterrence on the negotiating table or step back an inch from the path it took to bolster the national nuclear force", Mr Ju said.

Japan's military 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.

The United States and its "puppets" in South Korea should "act with discretion if they want to evade the historic moment of death", the statement said. In July, it launched an intercontinental ballistic missile, which North Korea claims could reach "anywhere in the world".

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North Korea on Saturday fired unidentified projectiles toward the Sea of Japan, South Korea's defence ministry said, as a US-South Korea joint military exercise is under way.

Benham says the military continues with a more detailed assessment.

Shells hit islands standing in for South Korea's Baengnyeong and Yeonpyeong islands while special forces landed in rubber boats or parachuted in and "wiped out the desperate enemy with various combat methods", the Korean Central News Agency said.

On 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.

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

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US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has appeared to make a peace overture to North Korea, welcoming what he called the restraint it had shown recently in its weapons programs and saying a path could be opening for dialogue "sometime in the near future". North Korea has demonstrated significant advancements in its missile technology this year testing and is on a pace to test more missiles this year than in any previous calendar year.

The North American Aerospace Command (NORAD) determined the missiles "did not pose a threat to North America".

President Donald Trump had warned he would unleash "fire and fury" if the North continued its provocation.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in did not participate in the meeting and his office didn't immediately provide further details.

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