South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) just announced North Korea launched several missiles from it’s eastern city of Wonsan towards the Sea of Japan on Thursday morning.
NK News reported that the JCS said the missiles are believed to be anti-ship cruise missiles, and that they flew 200km.
“North Korea launched unidentified multiple projectiles -which have been presumed to be short-range cruise surface to ship missiles – toward the East Sea,” the JCS said in a statement.
Roh Jae-cheon, a spokesperson for the JCS, said in a press briefing that the projectiles traveled at a “maximum altitude” of 2 kilometers. President Moon Jae-in responded to the launch by holding his first meeting of South Korea’s National Security Council. There, he reportedly told officials that the test would further deepen North Korea’s international isolation.
“North Korea will only get further isolation in the international community and economic difficulties from its provocation and lose opportunities for development,” Park Soo-hyun, a spokesman for the Blue House, quoted the President as having said. “Our government clarifies that will never one step backward or compromise on national security and people’s safety.”
Moon reportedly went on to say that he would seek to visit South Korea’s “greatest ally”, the United States, soon, to “reaffirm” the alliance between the two countries.
“At this point, it’s paramount for us to find creative and fundamental ways to curb the North Korean provocations and to resolve the North Korean nuclear issues,” he added.
North Korea’s launch today marks their tenth missile launch this year, and their fourth in the last month. What do you think about this? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.