North Korea Test Fired Short-Range Projectiles, South Korean Officials Say

 

South Korean officials say North Korea has test fired several short-range projectiles from the country's eastern coast.

The projectiles were launched about 9:06 a.m. local time (8:06 p.m. Friday night) and they traveled between 43 and 125 miles before splashing down into the sea, officials confirmed. American and South Korean forces in the area are analyzing the projectiles to learn more about the projectiles.

"At present, our military has intensified surveillance and vigilance to prepare for North Korea's additional launches," South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement.

If confirmed, it would be the first test launch by North Korea since 2017 and the first since President Donald Trump began meeting with Kim Jong Un over the reclusive kingdom's nuclear program.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement Friday night that the White House was "aware of North Korea's actions tonight. We will continue to monitor as necessary."

There's no evidence the projectiles landed in Japan's territorial waters according to the country's Defense Ministry. Authorities are still working to determine whether if projectiles, missiles, or both were fired.

President Trump tweeted Saturday morning about the launch saying he believes a deal will still happen between the U.S. and North Korea.

"Anything in this very interesting world is possible, but I believe that Kim Jong Un fully realizes the great economic potential of North Korea, & will do nothing to interfere or end it. He also knows that I am with him & does not want to break his promise to me. Deal will happen!"

 

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