Fox News is now saying that it appears that North Korea has test fired three missiles. The first two were scud missiles, but we’re still trying to find out if the third was a long range missile:
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.
Japan’s Kyodo news agency said they were believed to be mid-range Rodong missiles.
The reclusive communist state launched the first missile at 3:32 a.m., or 2:32 p.m. Tuesday EDT, and it crashed into the Sea of Japan several minutes later, public broadcaster NHK reported. Kyodo carried a similar report and quoted a government official as saying a second missile had also been fired.
Update: Brett Baier at Fox News is saying that North Korea may have tried to fire the Taepodong 2 intercontinential missile but it failed.
Update II: Fox News just reported that the AP is reporting that North Korea has test fired four mid-range missiles.
Update III: CNN reports that N. Korea timed these tests to coincide with the Discovery launch.
Update IV: Stop the ACLU has a round of reaction.
Update V: Publius Rendezvous says today’s date is consequential.
Update VI: Reuters confirms that N. Korea fired a long range Taepongdong-2 missile but it failed.
Update VII: Press Secretary Tony Snow told ABC News that three missiles were test fired: two scuds and the Taepodong-2 that failed.
Update VIII: Brian Wilson subbing for Brit Hume on Special Report just said Fox has confirmed that three additional missiles, for a total of six , were launched: the fourth was a scud, the fifth and sixth were Nodong missiles. National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley confirmed.
Update IX: Captain Ed says, according to CNN, a second Taepodong-2 was one of the three additional missiles fired. This is different from what Fox reported.