North Korea test-fires missiles anew; no immediate threat to Guam

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There are reports of a recent launch of an unidentified short-range projectile out of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) Saturday morning. (file photo)

North Korea has fired more projectiles into the sea, marking the sixth time that it launched weapons tests in recent weeks.

According to South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, the projectiles were twice launched from an area on the North’s eastern coast.

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) said there was no indication the reported tests posed an immediate threat to Guam or the Marianas.

GHS/OCD said it is continuing to monitor events surrounding the region in conjunction with the Mariana Regional Fusion Center (MRFC), federal and military partners.

North Korea has been test-launching short-range ballistic tests at the rate of almost once a week for more than a month now, expressing its displeasure over the stalemated nuclear talks with the U.S. and the continuing U.S.-South Korea joint military drills.

According to the Associated Press, experts are saying that President Donald Trump’s downplaying of the North’s launches allowed the country more room to intensify its testing activity while it seeks to build leverage ahead of a possible resumption of negotiations, which could happen sometime after the end of the allied drills later this month.

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