- By Pacific island Times News Staff
No immediate threat from North Korea missile tests
North Korea has fired two projectiles toward the East Sea, also known as the Sea of Japan, but local security officials said the missile tests pose no immediate threat to Guam.
“The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense, in conjunction with the Mariana Regional Fusion Center (MRFC), federal and military partners, continue to monitor events surrounding the region including reports of the launch of two unidentified projectiles out of North Korea today,” GHS said in a statement.
North Korea launched the missile tests amid growing anxiety over the uncertain fate of nuclear negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang.
The reported projectiles were launched out of the DPRK toward the East Sea, Sea of Japan.
“Based on available data, there was no indication the reported tests posed 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.”
Quoting the South Korean military, CNN reported that North Korea launched the two unidentified projectiles from the Wonson area on Thursday morning -- Wednesday afternoon in the US -- and that the flight distance was approximately 430 kilometers (about 267 miles).
The South Korea military said the two projectiles were launched at 5:34 a.m. Thursday local time (4:34 p.m. ET Wednesday) and 5:57 a.m. local time.
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