North Korea launched multiple missiles towards the Sea of Japan (East Sea) from near the eastern coastal city of Wonsan, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said on Thursday morning.
The JCS said that the projectiles are assumed to be anti-ship cruise missiles, and that they flew 200km.
“North Korea launched unidentified multiple projectiles -which have been presumed to be short-range cruise surface to ship missiles – toward the East Sea,” a statement from the JCS read, adding that President Moon Jae-in, was immediately notified of the events as is protocol.
The missile traveled at a “maximum altitude” of 2 kilometers, Roh Jae-cheon, a spokesperson for the JCS, said during a regular new briefing this morning.
President Moon chaired his first meeting of South Korea’s National Security Council in response to the launch, and was quoted as having told officials that the test would further deepen North Korea’s international isolation.
“North Korea will only get further isolation in the international community and economic difficulties from its provocation and lose opportunities for development,” Park Soo-hyun, a spokesman for the Blue House, quoted the President as having said to Yonhap News.
“Our government clarifies that will never one step backward or compromise on national security and people’s safety.”
The President also said he would seek to visit South Korea’s “greatest ally”, the United States, soon, to “reaffirm” the alliance between the two countries.
“At this point, it’s paramount for us to find creative and fundamental ways to curb the North Korean provocations and to resolve the North Korean nuclear issues,” he added.
Thursday morning’s test represents the 10th by North Korea this year, and the fourth since Moon Jae-in took office on May 10.
The previous launch, which took place on May 28, saw the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) adopting further measures against the DPRK.
The adoption of Resolution 2356 was the first resolution adopted by the UNSC that did not follow either a nuclear test or satellite launch by the DPRK.
Edited by Oliver Hotham
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