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Published: Tue, August 29, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

In the end, Trump will have to talk to North Korea


South Korea's military said Monday what North Korea fired on the weekend appears to be short-range ballistic missiles (SRBMs), an assessment contradicting the presidential office's initial announcement.

Guam officials said they were immediately notified about the three failed short-range missiles launched by North Korea Saturday morning, and the launch posed no danger to the island.

"U.S. Pacific Command detected and tracked what we assess were multiple North Korean ballistic missile launches", the statement said.

The secretive state hit back and made plans to launch missiles on the USA territory of Guam, before deciding against any attack for now.

In response to the ICBM launches in July, the UN Security Council unanimously imposed new sanctions on North Korea on August 5.

The rival Koreas recently saw their always testy relationship get worse after Pyongyang and US President Donald Trump traded warlike threats.

South Korea's Yonhap news agency said a ballistic missile may have been fired, without citing a source.

The "accidental" reveal of the two as-yet-untested missiles was in photographs of a factory inspection by leader Kim Jong-un. However, the first and third missiles did not "fail in flight", the Pacific Command clarified in a later update early Saturday. "Perhaps we are seeing some pathway to sometime in the near future having some dialogue", he said.

But North Korean officials told Ripley this year's exercises come at the "worst possible moment" of tension. He has kept North Korea from flourishing like its neighbor to the south.

Mixed signals emerged when US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that America was not North Korea's enemy and that it did not seek a regime change.

The South Korean and USA militaries are in the midst of annual defensive drills, which the North routinely describes as preparation for invasion, that involve computer simulations of a war to test readiness.

The US State Department did not immediately comment about the Saturday missile launches.

According to the Blue House, President Moon also ordered the defense ministry to further enhance the military's mobility and air defense capabilities as well as its defense readiness, calling for an immediate counter-offensive if and when North Korea quote "crosses the line". "The situation could escalate at any moment".

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