Published: Sat, June 17, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

North Korea launches 4 anti-ship missiles, fourth test in a month

North Korea launches 4 anti-ship missiles, fourth test in a month

These demands include the removal of almost 30,000 United States troops in South Korea meant to check North Korean aggression.

On Wednesday, however, the newly elected South Korean president said that the ongoing deployment of the THAAD system should be suspended pending a complete environmental impact assessment of the system.

It is the fifth known missile launches by the North since South Korea's Moon Jae-in administration took office on May 10.

Thursday's short-range missiles flew some 200 kilometres (124 miles), which is an improvement on a 2015 test, when a surface-to-ship cruise missile flew only 100 kilometres, said Korea Defence Forum analyst Shin Jong-Woo.

The event comes after North Korea last week released dramatic pictures of its latest "successful" ballistic missile test.

The launch is the latest in a fast-paced series of missile tests defying world pressure and threats of more sanctions.

The new cruise missile represents a "a step forward in terms of accuracy and range", analyst Kim Dong-Yub of the Kyungnam University Institute for Far Eastern Studies told AFP.

North Korea has conducted dozens of missile tests and tested two nuclear bombs since the beginning of 2016 in defiance of U.N. Security Council resolutions.

The missiles flew for 200 kilometers before splashing down in global waters in the Sea of Japan, according to the South Korean military.

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"The advancements in the last six months have caused great concern to me and others, in the advancement of and demonstration of technology of ballistic missiles from North Korea", Syring told the U.S. House Armed Services Committee, according to wire reports from the hearing.

"We are aware, certainly, of the situation and the suspension of additional launchers", Nauert said. The projectile, believed to be a Scud-class missile, flew around 450 kilometers before landing in the Sea of Japan, some 300 km off the Japanese islands.

They include a group of 12 workers from a restaurant in China run by the North Korean government, whom Seoul says defected voluntarily past year.

The missile launches are the tenth test by North Korea this year, and come in defiance of global pressure and condemnation.

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.

North Korea's 10th test of missile technology this year comes after Kim told his air force to be ready to bomb USA aircraft carriers that are gathering in the western Pacific, according to China's official Xinhua News Agency. He also warned that North Korea could only face further global isolation and more economic difficulties.

Two U.S. aircraft carriers such as the USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) and USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) were previously both deployed near the DPRK and conducted joint military training with the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) in the Sea of Japan.

Army Col. Roh Jae-Cheon, a spokesman for the South's Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the North's June 8 missile firing seemed aimed at "showing off its capability with various types of missiles and demonstrating its anti-ship precision-strike ability in connection with joint maritime drills involving US aircraft carrier strike groups".

North Korea fired another salvo of missiles Thursday morning, keeping up the relentless pace of testing as it advances toward its goal of producing an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching the mainland United States.

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