North Korea test-fires ‘several’ missiles into sea, report says

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  In this Feb. 2, 2017 file photo, a mock North Korea's Scud-B missile, center left, and South Korean missiles are displayed at Korea War Memorial Museum in Seoul, South Korea. North Korea on Monday, March 6, 2017, fired a projectile into the waters off its east coast, South Korea's military said, in an apparent missile test that comes days after Washington and Seoul began huge military drills that Pyongyang insists are an invasion rehearsal.  AHN YOUNG-JOON/AP PHOTO, FILE
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In this Feb. 2, 2017 file photo, a mock North Korea's Scud-B missile, center left, and South Korean missiles are displayed at Korea War Memorial Museum in Seoul, South Korea. North Korea on Monday, March 6, 2017, fired a projectile into the waters off its east coast, South Korea's military said, in an apparent missile test that comes days after Washington and Seoul began huge military drills that Pyongyang insists are an invasion rehearsal. AHN YOUNG-JOON/AP PHOTO, FILE

North Korea test-fires ‘several’ missiles into sea, report says

by: Kim Gamel | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: March 06, 2017

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea reportedly test-fired “several” missiles that flew more than 600 miles before crashing into the sea on Monday, days after it vowed to retaliate against annual U.S.-South Korean war games.

At least one of the projectiles could have been an intercontinental ballistic missile, according to an unidentified defense ministry official quoted by South Korea’s Yonhap news agency.

It was the second launch in three weeks and comes as officials say President Donald Trump’s administration is weighing a new approach to dealing with the defiant communist state.

The projectiles were launched from North Korea’s Dongchang-ri long-range missile site at 7:36 a.m. and flew about 620 miles before landing in the sea off the east coast, the Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement.

"We are conducting an analysis on the projectiles to determine their type and other specifications,” the statement said. “It will take a while before we come up with a final analysis (based on U.S. satellite data).”

The military said it was still analyzing the type and flight range of the missile. But an unidentified defense ministry official told Yonhap that it could be an ICBM.

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