North Korea says it tested new anti-ship missile

Posted June 19, 2017

North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) announced on June 9 that the communist state had test-launched a new type of cruise missile capable of striking USA and South Korean warships off its coast.

North Korea fired several suspected short-range anti-ship missiles Thursday, South Korea's military said, in a continuation of defiant launches as it seeks to build a nuclear missile capable of reaching the continental United States.

The reclusive state has ordered three ballistic missile launches, a surface-to-air missile, and now Thursday's cruise missile tests since the South Korea's President Moon Jae-in took power in early May.

A White House official has confirmed to VOA that President Donald Trump, the secretary of state and the secretary of defense discussed South Korea's suspension of deployment of a US anti-ballistic-missile defense system in South Korea.

The missiles are part of the fourth new missile system North Korea claims they have introduced and tested this year.

Anchor: North Korea is known to boast through its state-run media after successful missile launches.

Drone incursions from the North have increased in recent years.

The launch comes one day after Moon's government suspended the deployment of a controversial USA missile defense system which had strained relations with China and angered North Korea.

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After the reported missile test, China reiterated its call on all parties involved in the situation to exercise restraint and make an effort to stabilize the situation in the region.

The launch came days after US aircraft carriers USS Carl Vinson and USS Ronald Reagan left those waters after joint exercises with the South Korean navy.

Rodong Sinmun, the official daily of the Workers' Party of Korea, in an article said the latest series of weapons tests show that the country is not too far away from test-firing an ICBM, reports Efe news.

South Korea announced Wednesday that it would delay the installation of the remaining components of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system while it was assessing the system's environmental impact.

In what will likely become another source of animosities, Moon's government said it will let two of the four North Korean fishermen recently rescued at sea resettle in the South in accordance with their wishes.

Under Secretary of State Tom Shannon "affirmed the strength of the U.S. -Republic of Korea alliance" and "the need to sustain close coordination in addressing the threat from North Korea", during his meeting with South Korea's national security adviser Chung Eui-yong on June 1, a spokesperson told VOA.

The type of anti-ship cruise missile that North Korea tested on June 9 is created to fly at a low altitude, making it a potent weapon against ships.