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North Korea’s latest launches of several suspected anti ship missiles were short range and landed well short of past efforts, but they still served as a defiant message for its enemies that Pyongyang will continue to pursue a weapons program that has rattled its neighbors and Washington.
The projectiles were fired Thursday from the North Korean eastern coastal town of Wonsan and likely flew about 200 kilometers (125 miles), South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said. aircraft carriers USS Carl Vinson and USS Ronald Reagan participated in joint exercises with the South Korean navy that ended earlier this week.
The North’s missile tests present a difficult challenge to Moon. North Korea, which could have a working nuclear tipped intercontinental ballistic missile in the next several years, may also be the most urgent foreign policy concern for the Trump administration,
which has been distracted by domestic political turmoil and has insisted China do more to rein in the North’s weapons activities.
South Korean military spokesman Roh Jae cheon said the launch was intended to show off Pyongyang’s widening arrange of missiles and also its “precision strike capabilities” on ships in response to the joint drills. Security Council president, told reporters Thursday he had not received any requests for a meeting on the latest launches. Ambassador Matthew Rycroft condemned North Korea’s “latest provocations” and said “we look forward to working with our council colleagues about the best way to respond to them.”
“It’s irresponsible and it is destabilizing what is already a very sensitive situation,” he said. sanctions blacklist. sanctions. and South Korean hostility, but they are also considered by outside analysts as ways to make its political demands clear to leaders in Washington and Seoul. Analysts say the latest test appeared to be aimed at keeping up pressures on Moon to wrest concessions. sanctions adopted last week.
In what will likely become another source of animosities, Moon’s government said Thursday that it will let two of the four North Korean fishermen recently rescued at sea resettle in the South in accordance with their wishes. The two other fishermen who want to return home will be repatriated.
Pyongyang is expected to demand the return of all four fishermen by accusing Seoul of enticing them to defect to the South.
The launches Thursday were North Korea’s fourth missile test since Moon’s inauguration on May 10.
North Korea premiered a powerful new midrange missile that outside experts said flew higher than any other missile previously tested by North Korea.