While Texas deals with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey and the media has worked itself into a frenzy over the pardoning of former Maricopa County, Arizona, Sheriff Joe Arpaio, North Korea has found another way to rattle the cage during tense times.
According to reports from South Korean agencies and U.S. Pacific Command, North Korea test-launched three ballistic missiles early Saturday morning.
Initially, Pacific Command reported that all three missiles failed in flight, but that has since been debunked.
All three were successfully launched and, in classic North Korean style, traveled about 250 kilometers before landing safely in the ocean.
PaCOM spokesman Cmdr. David Benham said in another statement:
“We will continue to work with our interagency partners on a more detailed assessment of this latest launch and we will provide a public update if warranted.”
After weeks of relative quiet on the Korean peninsula, these launches come during the U.S.'s and South Korea's yearly military drills that often push their northern foes to level threats.
North Korea warned President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that they were approaching the “uncontrollable phase of a nuclear war” in the days leading up to the drills.
These remarks came just after Tillerson praised the regime for showing “restraint”:
“I am pleased to see that the regime in Pyongyang has certainly demonstrated some level of restraint that we’ve not seen in the past.”
According to Fox News, Trump has been briefed on the matter, and the White House stated that it is “monitoring the situation.”