North Korea fires three ballistic missiles

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NORTH KOREA– Three ballistic missiles were fired off the eastern coast of North Korea Tuesday morning, according to the South Korean military.

The missiles were fired from North Hwanghae province in the western part of North Korea and flew between between 310 and 370 miles, according to a statement from the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff.

The missile test comes six days after South Korea announced it will deploy the advanced U.S THAAD missile defense system at Seongju County, about 155 miles southeast of Seoul.

Hwang Kyo-ahn, South Korea’s Prime Minister, said missile tests had been “a rare phenomenon in the past” but have been going on “continuously” this year.

“The threat to our national security has grown very quickly in a short period of time,” Kyo-ahn said.

The United States expressed concern for Tuesday’s test firing, saying the launches and other recent tests violated U.N. sanctions forbidding any tests of nuclear or ballistic technology.

Josh Earnest, White House Spokesman, said, “This provocation only serves to increase the international community’s resolve to countering the DPRK’s prohibited activities.”

“North Korea is isolated like never before,” he added. “The international community is united like never before and hopefully that will lead to a situation where North Korea makes a strategic decision to come out of the shadows of the international community and try to rejoin the international community.”

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