N. Korea test-fires multiple ground-to-ship missiles: Seoul

Seoul: North Korea test-fired multiple projectiles believed to be ground-to-ship cruise missiles Thursday morning into its eastern waters, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said.

The short-range surface-to-ship cruise missiles were launched from the city of Wonsan on Pyongyang’s east coast in the morning, the JCS said in a statement.

The missiles flew about 200 km into North Korea’s eastern waters. South Korea and the US were jointly analyzing details on the test-launches.

The South Korean military has strengthened surveillance and vigilance in preparation for additional Pyongyang provocation, while maintaining full defense preparedness, the JCS said.

North Korea projectiles were not ballistic missiles. Under UN Security Council resolutions, Pyongyang is banned from testing any ballistic missile technology.

The test-firing by pyongyang came as the US military dispatched nuclear-powered aircraft carriers to waters off the Korean Peninsula.

The test-launches were immediately reported to South Korean President Moon Jae-in right after being detected, according to local media reports.

Pyongyang has conducted missile test-launches five times since Moon took office on May 10.