North Korea has fired four anti-ship missiles into the sea east of the Korean Peninsula, probably to demonstrate its "precise targeting capability".
The projectiles, launched near the eastern port city of Wonsan, were believed to be surface-to-ship cruise missiles, South Korea's joint chiefs was quoted as saying by CNN Thursday.
"We assess that North Korea intended to show off its various missile capabilities, display its precise targeting capability, in the form of armed protests against ships in regard to US Navy carrier strike groups and joint naval drills," Roh Jae-cheon, a spokesman for South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said.
North Korea has launched 16 missiles in 10 tests so far in 2017, and Thursday's test was the fourth since new South Korean President Moon Jae-in took office in May.
Each test whether succeeds or not but certainly it improves missile technology and finally delivering information that aids North near attaining its aim of developing a missile that could reach the US, analysts state.
The launch follows the move of Moon's government suspending the deployment of a controversial US missile defense system which had strained relations with China and angered North Korea.
The missiles flew about 200 kilometers (124 miles), South Korea's military said. He added the US military was undertaking a more detailed analysis.
"Our military has strengthened surveillance and alertness readiness in cases of additional provocation by North Korean military and is maintaining all readiness posture while we are tracking and monitoring related situation," the official said.
A US defense official confirmed a launch had been detected.
However, the Pentagon is unlikely to release a statement as these were not ballistic missiles capable of posing a long-range threat, the official said.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in has ordered to suspend any further deployment of US THAAD missile defence system until an environmental impact assessment is finished. There is “no need to withdraw” the two launchers that have already been deployed, a senior official at the Souths presidential office told reporters Wednesday
A Korean government investigation into how some of its MoD officials fraudulently tweaked land requirement to house the US THAAD missile to escape a comprehensive environmental impact study may delay deployment of the system. In addition, a full environmental study that may most likely follow the investigation, could take up to a year to complete, significantly delaying the deployment of the THAAD which is intended to provide South Korea a shield against incoming missiles from the North
South Koreas Board of Audit and Inspection(BAI) is scrutinizing the KF-X procurement project carried out under the former Park Geun-hye administration. In April, BAI has sent inspectors to the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) to launch an audit into the project to acquire next-generation fighter jets for the country,
South Korea's Raybolt medium-range anti-tank guided missile (MR-ATGM) has passed quality tests and is planned for local procurement and export where it will compete against the US Lockheed Martin-made Javelin and the Israeli Rafael-made Spike-MR ATGMs. The nation's arms procurement agency, Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) hopes to export the advanced Fire & Forget-type weapon, saying it's smaller and lighter, but more powerful and effective than similar foreign weaponry, such as Israel's
North Korea has threatened to launch missile strikes on the US territory of Guam after President Donald Trump warned Pyongyang Tuesday not to make any more threats against the United States or they will "face fire and fury like the world has never seen". Pyongyangs military is "examining the operational plan" to strike areas around the US territory of Guam with medium-to-long-range strategic ballistic missiles, state-run news agency KCNA said early Wednesday local time
The UN Security Council resolution to block a third of North Koreas exports in the form of coal, mineral and manpower will dry up its main source of its foreign exchange and starve most of its labor-intensive industries. "Through the resolution, the Council (UN Security Council) had taken a strong and united step, increasing the penalty of that countrys ballistic missile activity to a whole new level
Air France-KLM has expanded its no-fly zone over North Korea after the companys flight carrying 323 people missed an area close to Pyong Yang's ballistic missile path by about 10 minutes last week. Last Fridays close encounter between the missile and Air France Flight 293 has raised fears that North Koreas missile tests may pose a threat to airlines operating in the region
North Korea is reportedly behind hacking group, Lazarus, which has been linked to last years $81 billion cyberheist aimed at Bangladesh central bank as well as 2014 attack on Sonys Hollywood studios, according to a report by South Koreas Financial Security Institute (FSI). The new report by the FSI which analyzed suspected cyberattacks between 2015 and 2017 on South Korean government and commercial establishments identified another Lazarus spinoff named Andariel,
US intelligence indicates that North Korea is possibly planning to launch its next missile underwater as Pyongyangs submarine has been found sailing some 100 kilometers out to sea in international waters. A 65 meter-long North Korean submarine was spotted in international waters in last 48 hours, two defense officials said
North Korea appears to be preparing for another test launch of a ballistic missile of intercontinental or intermediate range in the next two weeks, CNN reported Wednesday. It quoted two U
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