USA revises assessment of N. Korea launch

This image provided by Yonhap News TV represents a North Korea missile launch

North Korea has fired "several projectiles" into sea off its eastern coast, the South Korean military says.

China's President Xi Jinping pledged to make concerted efforts with South Korea's President Moon Jae-in to address differences between the two countries properly, the official Xinhua news agency said on Thursday. Dave Benham says the two missiles flew about 250 kilometers (155 miles).

The Ulchi Freedom Guardian exercises, which mainly involve computer simulations rather than battlefield maneuvers or fly-overs with bombers, are now taking place in South Korea.

"We need to see more on their part, but I want to acknowledge the steps they've taken thus far", he said.

The launch is the first by the North since it test-fired a missile on July 28 that could have been created to reach 10,000 km (6,200 miles), putting parts of the USA mainland within reach.

Since firing an intercontinental ballistic weapon last month, Pyongyang has threatened to aim missiles at the US Pacific territory of Guam.

North Korea's latest test comes at the same time as US and South Korean forces participate in joint military exercises on the Korean Peninsula.

"Despite the recent tensions, despite the missile launches, tourism continues here", Ripley said.

However, some experts say North Korea is now mainly focused on the bigger picture of testing its bargaining power against the United States with its new long-range missiles and likely has no interest in letting things get too tense during the drills.

North Korea's state media reported on Saturday that Kim had guided a contest of amphibious landing and aerial strike by its army against targets modelled after South Korean islands near the sea border on the west coast.

Also on Tuesday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson praised Pyongyang for demonstrating "some level of restraint", noting that there had been "no missile launches or provocative acts on the part of North Korea", since the United Nations Security Council voted August 5 to impose a $1 billion sanctions package against the country.

Mr Tillerson said he was "pleased" to see Pyongyang had "demonstrated some level of restraint that we've not seen in the past". The US ban on American citizens traveling to North Korea takes effect September 1.

Solid fuel missiles are faster and easier to deploy, and harder to catch before they launch because there's a lot less to be done in terms of launch preparation.

North Korea's ICBM launches last month triggered an intense warning by Trump that Washington could rain "fire and fury" on the North.

"They could be ballistic missiles but they could be rockets".

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