Korea leader warns North after latest missile launch

North Korea launches series of 'surface-to-ship' missiles, defying UN warnings: Seoul

North Korea launches series of 'surface-to-ship' missiles, defying UN warnings: Seoul

A set of photos carried by North Korea's main newspaper, the Rodong Sinmun, on June 9, 2017, shows the test-firing of a new ground-to-ship cruise missile.

Nauert called the latest North Korean missile launches "provocative".

On Thursday, the North fired several short-range anti-ship cruise missiles from its east coast in defiance of global sanctions.

The short range missiles flew for some 200 kilometres at an altitude of two kilometres before falling into the Sea of Japan, the ministry added.

The North's missile tests present a hard challenge to new South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who has expressed a desire to reach out to the North.

Moon said after the new launches that his government "won't back off even a single step and make any compromise" on the issue of national security.

The regime of North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un has fired multiple anti-ship cruise missiles in its latest test not just of its missile technology but also of the worldwide community's patience.

North Korea has also tested medium-range ballistic missiles that could strike the USA base on Guam.

Despite protests from its neighbors Japan and China, and the fresh sanctions imposed by the United Nations Security Council, North Korea has been adamantly pursuing the development of its missiles technology. The projectile, believed to be a Scud-class missile, flew around 450 kilometers before landing in the Sea of Japan, some 300 km off the Japanese islands.

The last time North Korea conducted a missile launch was on May 29, when it fired at least one short-range ballistic missile.

Many South Koreans oppose THAAD because they fear it will have negative economic and environmental effects while being positioned mainly to protect US forces in southern areas.

In Washington, the US missile defense chief voiced concerns about the pace of development in the North's missile program. He warned that North Korea could only face further worldwide isolation and more economic difficulties.

The EU said it would freeze the assets of 14 more people and ban their travel to Europe in line with a UN Security Council resolution last week for more sanctions over Pyongyang's ballistic missile tests. China, along with Russian Federation, has repeatedly expressed opposition to the THAAD deployment, saying it will do nothing to help ease tensions with North Korea.

"We will provide education for them to settle in South Korea, for a certain period of time, as is usual for North Korean defectors", the official said.

North Korea's regime has claimed that its new rocket could deliver a "large heavy nuclear warhead" all the way to the U.S. mainland. The missiles were tested on Thursday.

Nauert said the suspension of THAAD deployment is "part of the conversations" that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis had with President Donald Trump at an Oval Office meeting on Thursday.

"Starting at 6:18 am, North Korea began firing several projectiles that are presumed to be short-range surface-to-ship cruise missiles from the area of Wonsan in Gangwon Province in the direction of the East Sea", said Noh Jae-cheon, public relations officer for South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff, during a briefing that morning.

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