SEOUL, South Korea North Korea fired several rockets into the sea Saturday in the continuation of its rapid nuclear and missile expansion, prompting South Korea to press ahead with military drills involving US troops that have angered Pyongyang.
The Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) also added that the projectile was sacked from a site in the eastern province of Gangwon and flew about 250 kilometers (155 miles).
South Korean President Moon Jae-in did not participate in the meeting and his office didn't immediately provide further details.
It was attributed to a spokesman for the National Peace Committee of Korea, North Korea's official agency for disputes with the south, in a statement carried by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).
The North in turn warned that it would fire four ballistic missiles in a "ring of fire" around Guam, home to major American military bases in the Western Pacific.
North Korea test-launched two ICBMs last month, and recent published reports in the West suggested Pyongyang's engineers successfully fabricated nuclear warheads small and robust enough to be carried as a missile's payload.
This echoed an earlier remark from Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that "Pyongyang has certainly demonstrated some level of restraint that we've not seen in the past". Guam is a USA island territory that is home to two American military bases. Experts believe the North's new intercontinental ballistic missiles can strike deep into US territory, delivering nuclear payloads to targets across the continental U.S.
Thousands of US and South Korean troops are now taking part in joint military drills, which are mainly largely computer-simulated exercises.
North Korea has still issued angry statements about the exercises, saying most recently that they were evidence that the United States planned to invade the country. "This is aimed to ignite a nuclear war on the Korean peninsula at any cost".
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 has been working on creating a ICBM capable of hitting mainland North America, despite repeated warnings from other countries. By comparison, his father, Kim Jong Il, presided over only 16 missile launches during 17 years in power.
The U.S. Pacific Command says its assessments indicate that the three missiles failed.