North Korea Fires 3 Ballistic Missiles

North Korea fired three ballistic missiles off its east coast, a new show of force that comes as top world leaders meet at the G20 summit in China.

The missiles were fired into the Sea of Japan (East Sea) from the North’s Hwangju county.

It is not known yet what type of missile was launched.

North Korea has staged a string of missile tests this year, with the most recent August 24 submarine-launched ballistic missile flying some 500 kilometres (300 miles) towards Japan.

That launch, which was widely-condemned, marked what weapons analysts described as a clear step forward for North Korea’s nuclear strike ambitions.

China is the North’s sole major ally and economic lifeline but ties have strained recently over the North’s nuclear and missile tests that raised tension on the peninsula.