North Korea Short-Range Missiles Failed After Launch

North Korea fired three short-range missiles, but two of them "failed in flight" while the third blew up shortly after launching, the U.S. military said Friday. 

Seoul's Joint Chiefs of Staff said that the projectiles fired from the North's eastern coast flew about 155 miles, though it did not mention any failures. It said South Korea and U.S. militaries were analyzing the launch and didn't immediately provide more details.

Cmdr. David Benham, a spokesman for U.S. Pacific Command, said the missiles were launched over a 30-minute period. He said the first and third missiles "failed in flight," but did not provide further details. The second missile "appears to have blown up almost immediately," he added. 

Benham said the missiles did not pose a threat to North America or U.S. military facilities on the island of Guam. Earlier this month, North Korea created a tense standoff with the United States by threatening to lob some of its missiles toward Guam.


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