North Korea says leader Kim supervised test of new anti-ship missiles

North Korea fired what appeared to be multiple land-to-ship missiles off its east coast on Thursday, South Korea's military said.

KCNA said the weapon tested Thursday had been part of the military parade in Pyongyang on April 15 to mark the birthday of the North's founding father Kim Il-Sung.

A set of photos carried by North Korea's main newspaper, the Rodong Sinmun, on June 9, 2017, shows the test-firing of a new ground-to-ship cruise missile.

The drone measuring 1.8 meters long and 2.4 meters wide was found on Friday (8 June), a day after Pyongyang tested a new kind of anti-ship missile, Yonhap news agency reported.

During the South Korean election campaign, Moon called for a detailed study of the THAAD anti-missile system agreement with the United States.

Professor Yang Moo-Jin of the University of North Korean Studies told AFP: "North Korea has been stepping up missile tests.in order to project an image to the world that global sanctions can never bring it to its knees".

Aimed at attacking South Korean and USA naval vessels from its shores, the missile has a shooting range twice as long as existing missiles. "We are aware, certainly, of the situation and the suspension of additional launchers", Nauert said.

Last month, North Korea premiered a powerful new midrange missile that outside experts said flew higher than any other missile it has tested. Over the past few weeks, the North has tested four new systems. But most defections are via China.


"We believe North Korea has demonstrated its anti-denial deterrence capabilities in response to the joint military exercise in the East Sea [Sea of Japan]", where USS Carl Vinson and Ronald Reagan participated in a joint exercise last month, Seoul's Joint Chiefs of Staff Spokesperson Col. Roh Jae-cheon said in a briefing.

Drone incursions from the North have increased in recent years.

A spokesman for the office said the launch seemed to be a test created to answer recent United States naval exercises in the region.

North Korea's missile launch came 10 days after it fired a Scud-class ballistic missile from Wonsan in Gangwon Province on May 29, and it was the fifth such launch since Moon took office.

North Korea has conducted dozens of missile tests and tested two nuclear bombs since the beginning of 2016 in defiance of UN Security Council resolutions. THAAD system normally consists of six launchers, and the rest of four launchers have arrived in South Korea but haven't been deployed.

The North's missile tests present a hard challenge to Moon, a liberal elected last month who has expressed a desire to reach out to Pyongyang. But while the USA and Korea quibble over the future of THAAD, North Korea won't be sitting idly by.

Trump has been pressing China to rein in North Korea, warning that all options, including a pre-emptive military strike, are on the table if Pyongyang persists with its nuclear and missile development. This was a form of protesting South Korea's support of fresh United Nations sanctions adopted last week. Fired from the eastern coastal city of Wonsan, the rockets landed in an area in the Sea of Japan where several U.S. Navy ships, including two aircraft carriers, patrolled just earlier this week.


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