On Thursday, the same day South Korean president delayed deployment of the US THAAD missile system pending an environmental review, North Korea fired off several missiles from its east coast.
The missiles are reported to be short-range, surface-to-ship missiles.
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Fox News reported:
North Korea launched several projectiles believed to be short-range surface-to-ship cruise missiles from its east coast Thursday, according to South Korea’s military.
“North Korea fired multiple unidentified projectiles, assumed to be surface-to-ship missiles, this morning from the vicinity of Wonsan, Gangwon Province,” the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said, according to the Yonhap News Agency.
The JCS said the South Korean military has beefed up surveillance and vigilance against the possibility of additional provocations, maintaining full preparedness. The statement said the launches were immediately reported to South Korean President Moon Jae-in but gave no further details.
The missiles fired Thursday traveled around 120 miles, according to the South Korean military. The latest provocation came less than a week after United Nations Security Council passed a new resolution expanding sanctions against the country as punishment for its missile tests.
North Korea conducted ballistic missile tests over three consecutive weekends in May going back to Mother’s Day, but last weekend there were no launches.
The remote country is on pace to break its record setting 2016 missile test-launch record.
The latest missile tests come as South Korea suspended its use of the American-based missile defense system THAAD.
The Terminal High-Altitude Defense System (THAAD) has already been in operation in southeastern South Korea, with two launchers and radar. The system typically has six launchers – four of which are in in South Korea, but have yet to be installed.
South Korea’s new President, Moon Jae-in, said his office was not briefed on the arrival of four new launchers and ordered an investigation. He also demanded an environmental assessment on the deployment site, saying the country’s Defense Ministry might be attempting to avoid an environmental inspection there.
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