BREAKING: North Korea Test Launches Missiles

One landed in the Sea of Japan, according to an AP report. “Japanese government officials were trying to determine whether it was a long-range ballistic missile that had been readied for launch recently.”

UPDATE: “North Korea launched a long-range Taepodong-2 missile early Wednesday in an apparently unsuccessful test that failed in flight, a senior State Department official said. North Korea also tested at least two smaller missiles, U.S. sources told CNN.”

UPDATE II: A Pentagon official, contradicting the CNN report, tells the AP the long-range missile was not fired. “North Korea test-launched two missiles Wednesday that landed in the Sea of Japan, but a Pentagon official said they were Scud missiles and not the longer-range variety that has been the focus of international concern.” The AP now reports the Taepodong-2 was fired.

UPDATE III: The New York Times says a long rangle missile was fired. “North Korea apparently test-fired several missiles in the early hours of Wednesday, July 5 (Tuesday afternoon Eastern time), including the Taepodong-2, the long-range missile at the heart of diplomatic tensions with the United States and its allies, according to reports by Reuters, The Associated Press, CNN and other agencies.”

CNN now reports there were five total launches, including the long-range Taepodong-2, which failed after 42 seconds.