Tuesday, July 19, 2016

North Korea fires 3 ballistic missiles

Pyongyang launched three missiles Tuesday morning in the latest in a set of controversial ballistic tests. The missles had a range of up to 600 kilometers (360 miles).

The three missiles were launched from the North’s east coast into the sea. South Korea's Ministry of Unification warned that the North was “fully prepared” and could conduct a fifth nuclear test. Despite UN sanctions and strong international condemnation, North Korea conducted nuclear tests in 2006, 2009 and 2013, with the latest one being in January of this year.
Over the weekend, American intelligence reports and South Korean data revealed an increase in activity at the North's nuclear test site in Punggye-ri.

The test comes after a US announcement made earlier this month which stated that it would deploy the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system to South Korea “as soon as possible”. The U.S. currently has 28,500 troops stationed in South Korea to bolster defences against the north.