Guam – The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) reportedly fired two short-range missiles toward the sea on Thursday, according to South Korean military officials. This is the second launch conducted by DPRK in less than a week.
According to the Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD), the reported projectile was fired out of the DPRK toward the east.
GHS/OCD said the latest launch posed no threat to Guam or the Marianas.
“Based on available data, there is no indication the reported test is an immediate threat to Guam or the Marianas,” stated Homeland Security Advisor Tim Aguon. “Our office, along with our local, military and federal partners, will continue to monitor the events surrounding North Korea and keep the public informed.”
GHS/OCD, together with the Mariana Regional Fusion Center (MRFC), federal and military partners, continues to monitor events surrounding the region including the latest launched projectile out of North Korea.
Directed military exercises
On Saturday, May 4, North Korea fired projectiles from the Hodo peninsula, located on the eastern coast of Pyongyang.
According to reports, North Korea’s Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un personally directed the launch on Saturday. Here’s a report about the May 4 launch.
Analysts said the incident could complicate the U.S. government’s efforts to work out an agreement with North Korea over its nuclear and missile program.
Following the May 4 launch, US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo told media that he believes that there’s still an opportunity to get “fully verified denuclearization” with North Korea. South Korean officials, however, expressed concern that the launch violated an inter-Korean agreement.
The launches are the first ones since November 2017, when Kim Jong Un promised to stop testing long range missiles that could reach the U.S.