N. Korea says launch tested 'new type' of cruise missile

Nick Mcbride
June 14, 2017

The European Union on Thursday broadened its sanctions against North Korea over its work on nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles.

The European Union also put four more entities - companies or state bodies - on its blacklist, bringing the total to 94 North Korean people and 53 entities sanctioned.

The official North Korean news agency KCNA said Pyongyang launched several land-to-sea missiles early Thursday, under the supervision of leader Kim Jong Un.

The launches come less than a week after the United Nations expanded sanctions against Kim Jong-Un's regime in response to recent ballistic missile tests.

The latest launch "was aimed at showing off various missile capabilities and antiship precision strike capability", a spokesman for South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff told media.

North Korea has reliable short- and mid-range ballistic missiles, and its new intermediate-range ballistic missile has a range just short of an intercontinental ballistic missile and could comfortably hit Guam.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in, a liberal who has expressed a desire to reach out to Pyongyang, said during a National Security Council meeting he "won't back off even a single step and make any compromise" on the issue of national security.

Despite its unusually aggressive streak of testing, North Korea still appears mindful not to cross a red line with Washington.

The rocket, tested from a tracked mobile launcher, was a new weapon displayed by North Korea for the first time during a military parade earlier this year, said KCNA.

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Thursday's launch is the fourth missile test by North Korea since South Korean President Moon Jae-in took office on May 10 pledging to engage in dialogue with Pyongyang.

"It is also expressing displeasure of the arrival of a United States nuclear submarine in South Korean".

The JCS said the South's military has beefed up surveillance and vigilance against the possibility of additional provocations, maintaining full preparedness.

On Wednesday, a senior Blue House official asked if South Korea needed to immediately deploy the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (Thaad) missile shield, saying North Korea has been conducting nuclear and missile tests since long ago.

South Korea does not aim to change its agreement on the deployment of a US anti-missile system to protect against North Korea, in spite of a decision to delay its full installation, Seoul's top national security adviser said on Friday.

North Korea is once again testing the global community's patience, this time firing two land-to-ship cruise missiles less than 24 hours after South Korea delayed any further rollout of its controversial THAAD anti-missile defense system.

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.

On Wednesday, the presidential office announced deployment suspension of the new THAAD launchers, now stored at a United States army base, until the completion of environmental impact assessments, denying the reports the withdrawal of already deployed launchers, including two installed in Seongju [county in the north] during the election campaign.

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