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North Korea launches four surface-to-ship missiles

18 June 2017, 01:48 | Opal Carroll

North Korea fires volley of cruise missiles, fifth test in a month

North Korea launches four surface-to-ship missiles

After the Council vote on June 3, adopting a new resolution that expanded existing sanctions to 14 individuals and four entities, U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley said the "Security Council is sending a clear message to North Korea today - stop firing ballistic missiles or face the consequences".

Tension on the peninsula has been particularly high over the past year because of the North's work on its nuclear and missile programs.

No one doubts that Kim Jong Un wants an ICBM; many, however, wonder whether his missileers are close to delivering one that works.

Moon hit back later in the day by cautioning that "they will lose their opportunities for development", according to his presidential spokesman. North Korea fired several suspected short-range anti.

So, while we may have the inclination to respond to the recent North Korea missile test with "North Korea is just being North Korea", don't.

KCNA said the weapon that was tested on Thursday featured in a military parade in Pyongyang on April 15, which marked the birthday of the North's founding father Kim Il-Sung.

On Thursday, North Korea reported it had successfully tested a new "ground-to-sea cruise rocket" capable of striking enemy battleships staging an attack.

The launch on Thursday - the North's fifth weapons test in a month - was overseen by leader Kim Jong-Un, according to the state-run Korean Central News Agency, and came less than a week after the United Nations tightened sanctions against the reclusive nation.

But despite the rudimentary technology used in the launch, North Korea did show that it poses a real threat.

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North Korea didn't say how many anti-ship missiles it launched, but South Korea's national security director Chung Eui-yong said Friday the North fired four short-range missiles. They landed in waters between the Korean Peninsula and Japan, where USA aircraft carriers USS Carl Vinson and USS Ronald Reagan participated in joint exercises with the South Korean navy that ended earlier this week.

These tests have become a difficulty for South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who has shown interest in reaching out to North Korea.

"It is also expressing displeasure of the arrival of a U.S. nuclear submarine in South Korean". He also warned that North Korea could only face further worldwide isolation and more economic difficulties.

In April, a top North Korean official told the BBC that the country will continue to test missiles despite worldwide condemnation and growing military tensions with the USA and its allies, including Japan.

During his successful campaign for a May election, South Korean President Moon Jae-in promised to review the THAAD deployment decision, made by the government of his conservative predecessor, Park Geun-hye.

The US has stepped up its muscle-flexing in the region, with a US nuclear submarine, the 6,900-ton USS Cheyenne, whose home port is Pearl Harbor, also arriving in the South Korean port of Busan Tuesday.

A U.S. State Department spokeswoman suggested Thursday that the North Korean issue remained far from any solution.

As South Korea's new President has begun encouraging North Korea's bad behavior, Pyongyang have wasted no time in Taunting Trump and the world with there missile tests.



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