South Korea: North Korea test-fires missiles

Syring's testimony, which came shortly after South Korea's presidential office announced that it would suspend the deployment of additional Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) launchers, explored the state of the North Korean threat and of USA missile defense efforts to protect the United States.

The Joint Chiefs of Staff said it has beefed up surveillance and was maintaining full preparedness in case of "additional provocations".

The missiles fired Thursday traveled around 120 miles, according to the South Korean military.

This undated picture released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on April 26, 2017 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.

This is the fourth week in a row that North Korea has carried out a missile test.

The remote country is on pace to break its record setting 2016 missile test-launch record.

Syring said it should be assumed that the USA mainland is already within striking range of a nuke-tipped intercontinental ballistic missile from the North.

South Korea's presidential office says the entire 700-thousand square meter THAAD battery site in Seongju County, Gyeongsangbuk-do Province, is subject to the comprehensive environmental impact assessment. North Korea has tested three new systems this year.

Since 2012, the Pentagon's Director of Operational Test and Evaluation had assessed only that the United States had a "limited capability" to defend against a threat like the one from North Korea or Iran using interceptors in the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) program, managed by Boeing Co. He also demanded an environmental assessment on the deployment site, saying the country's Defense Ministry might be attempting to avoid an environmental inspection there.

"[North Korea's] nuclear tests have been going on for a long time, and so whether we must urgently install [the THAAD battery] by ignoring our legal procedures is a question", he said. "So we'll work through that", Milley said, adding that he's confident US Forces Korea Commander Gen. Vincent Brooks and his staff "will work through that with the government of South Korea". His decision to suspend the installation could strain relations with the White House, which has taken a hard line in confronting North Korea and its nuclear weapons program. "If they get nuclear capable missiles, they will threaten and hold sway without being deterred".

But the U.S. has said it is willing to enter into talks only if the North halts its missile and nuclear tests.

The missiles flew about 200 km into its eastern waters.

  • Leroy Wright