Korea fires three missiles; USA says tests fail

North Korea is reported to have launched several missiles, heightening tensions

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At the time of the tests, North Korean state media showed leader Kim Jong Un overseeing a special forces operation which simulated strikes on South Korean islands, Ripley said.

The ban also prohibits the expansion of any existing joint ventures... "We place confidence in our US Department of Defense capabilities and continue open communications with our federal and military partners".

South Korea's presidential office says the USA and South Korean militaries will proceed with their ongoing war games "even more thoroughly" in response to North Korea's latest short-range missile launches.

The Mirror reports that soldiers from the United Kingdom and Australia are helping 70,000 American and South Korean troops prepare for a potential nuclear attack from North Korea, which is something that the Korean Central News Agency denounced.

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None of the missiles, which were launched near Kittaeryong, had posed a threat to either North America or the US Pacific territory of Guam, the spokesman said.

"The reality vividly shows that the U.S. ambition for stifling [North Korea] remains unchanged no matter how much water may flow under the bridge and the puppet group's ambition for invading the north remains unchanged", the state-run Korean Central News Agency reported. "The situation could escalate at any moment".

North Korea, on the other hand, said the US-Japanese joint exercises were evidence that the United States planned to invade North Korea.

Barely a day later, photographs emerged showing Kim inspecting missile and missile-fuel components.

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North Korea test-fired three short-range missiles into the Sea of Japan. All US and Russian ballistic missiles are solid-fuel models. The North's latest missile provocation comes after two successful ICBM launches last month.

Tillerson quickly tried to allay fears of a military confrontation, saying there was no sign the threat level from North Korea had changed and that Americans should "sleep well at night".

North Korea's last missile test on July 28 was for an intercontinental ballistic missile created to fly 10,000 km (6,200 miles).

Earlier in August, South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yeon rejected the opposition's calls for deployment of tactical nuclear weapons, saying it would make it hard to justify asking North Korea to denuclearize.

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