Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

North Korea Launches Four Anti-Ship Missiles

North Korea Launches Four Anti-Ship Missiles

A screen shows a news program reporting about North Korea's missile firing from Wonsan, center, Thursday, June 8, 2017, in Tokyo.

"It is incumbent upon us to assume that North Korea today can range the United States with an ICBM carrying a nuclear warhead", Vice Admiral James Syring from the U.S. Department of Defense, told a congressional hearing.

North and South Korea remain in a technical state of war since their 1950-1953 conflict ended in a truce, not a peace treaty.

Thursday's launch is also aimed at pressuring Seoul and Washington ahead of a planned summit between Moon and Trump late June, said Hong Hyun-Ik, analyst at the Sejong Institute think tank. North Korea fired several suspected short-range anti.

"They will lose their opportunities for development", Moon said during his first National Security Council meeting as president.

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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - North Korea tested a new type of cruise missile that could strike USA and South Korean warships "at will" if the country was attacked, its state media said Friday, a day after Seoul detected four missiles being launched from a eastern coastal town.

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.

The article indicates that Pyongyang has made advances in its missile technology since North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said in his New Year's speech that the country was in the final stages of developing ICBM technology. But strategically, it would not be wise for Washington to let North Korea continue testing its weapons either.

The missiles flew about 200 kilometers (124 miles), South Korea's military said. They landed in waters between the Korean Peninsula and Japan, where US aircraft carriers USS Carl Vinson and USS Ronald Reagan participated in joint exercises with the South Korean navy that ended earlier this week.

Cruise missile tests do not contravene United Nations regulations, Korea Defence Network analyst Lee Il Woo told AFP, adding that they were "much slower than ballistic missiles and can be shot down by anti-aircraft guns". According to Pyongyang, the launch was a test of this new ship-killing missile. The move was immediately condemned by South Korea's president, who warned North Korea that the only thing the country has to gain from unauthorized launches is "isolation and economic difficulties".

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The drone was found on a mountain near South Korea's eastern border and came equipped with a camera, indicating that the drone may likely have been launched on a espionage mission.

The plenary session was chaired by President Moon, and attendees included senior presidential secretaries for security affairs, the prime minister, the spy agency chief and the ministers of foreign affairs, defense and unification.

The THAAD system deployment was agreed on by the United States and South Korea in July 2016, following five months of negotiations with the previous Korean administration.

What we don't know is how precise the missiles they launched are.

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