NK fires multiple anti-ship missiles

Angelica Greene
June 9, 2017

In 2012, North Korea displayed several such weapons known as Styx.

The names of senior members of North Korea's Workers' Party and heads of trading firms funding Pyongyang's military programme have been put on a global blacklist.

North Korea on 8 June 2017 fired multiple cruise missiles into the waters between Korea and Japan. North Korea fired several projectiles believed to. The United States stations about 28,500 troops in South Korea as deterrence against potential aggression from North Korea.

The launch is the fifth since liberal Moon Jae-in was elected as South Korea's new president in May.

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.

JUNE 5: The South Korean civic group says the North has rejected its offer of anti-malarial supplies because of the South's support of new United Nations sanctions on the North.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un walks along his viewing balcony during a military parade in Pyongyang, North Korea in April.

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 USA aircraft carrier strike groups".

"The launched cruise rockets accurately detected and hit the floating targets on the East Sea of Korea after making circular flights", KCNA said.

"North Korea is carrying out carefully calibrated provocations. but restraining from ICBM (inter-continental ballistic missile) tests or nuclear explosions which could bring about military retaliations by (US President Donald) Trump".

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"We assess that North Korea meant to show off its various missile capabilities, display its precise targeting capability, in the form of armed protests against ships in regard to U.S. Navy carrier strike groups and joint naval drills", said Roh Jae-cheon, a spokesperson for South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staffs, according to CNN.

Bolivia's U.N. Ambassador Sacha Llorentty Soliz, the current U.N. Security Council president, told reporters Thursday he had not received any requests for a meeting on the latest launches.

But the diplomat added: "We are looking at the details now, but it is possible I think that they come underneath a threshold to count as a violation" of United Nations resolutions.

The launches from Wonsan were North Korea's fourth test in as many weeks as the country continues to speed up its development of nuclear weapons and missiles.

South Korea on Wednesday said it will hold off on installing remaining components of the US Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) system that has angered North Korea's main ally, China, amid early signs of easing tensions between the two countries. Analysts say the latest test appeared to be aimed at keeping up pressures on Moon to wrest concessions.

Shortly afterwards, on May 30, the U.S. conducted its first ever test of a Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) interceptor with a capacity to shoot down intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM), that Washington said was planned "years in advance".

This undated file photo shows a North Korean missile launch.

The other two would be sent home, as they had requested, the ministry official said.

Pyongyang is expected to demand the return of all four fishermen by accusing Seoul of enticing them to defect to the South.

Other reports by GizPress

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