North Korea appeared to register its disapproval of the ongoing US-South Korea military exercises in a tangible way Saturday: It launched three ballistic missiles. However, all three appeared to be of the short-range variety, as opposed to ICBMS, reports the Guardian. One blew up immediately upon launch and the other two flew about 150 miles before falling into the sea. Neither of those two landed in Japan's territorial waters. While the launches appear to be less ambitious than other recent ones by Pyongyang, they still raised tensions and demonstrated Kim Jong Un's willingness to defy international demands that he cease all missile launches, notes the Washington Post.
“The North American Aerospace Defense Command determined the three ballistic missile launches from North Korea did not pose a threat to North America,” said a spokesman, per the New York Times. “The US Pacific Command determined the three ballistic missile launches from North Korea did not pose a threat to Guam.” The salvo came days after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson praised the North for showing new "restraint," raising hopes for dialogue. (Read more North Korea stories.)