In a move likely to continue the recent escalation of tensions between North Korea and the US, North Korea has test fired several missiles into the Sea of Japan.
Three short-range missiles were fired into the sea off the east coast, likely in response to joint military exercises being conducted by South Korea and the US.
The US Pacific Command, located in Hawaii, initially said that all three test missiles failed, though later released a statement saying the launch was successful.
“The first and third missiles at 11:49 a.m. and 12:19 p.m. failed in flight. The second missile launch at 12:07 p.m. appears to have blown up almost immediately,” said Commander Dave Benham in the initial statement, using Hawaiian times.
This is the latest in a series of incidents that have raised tensions between North Korea and the US, though there had been a slight easing of tensions over the last week.
US President Donald Trump said he would unleash “fire and fury” in response to North Korea’s threat to surround Guam “in a sea of fire”.
North Korea recently tested their Hwasong-14 intercontinental ballistic missiles, which would be capable of hitting Guam and parts of the US mainland.