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North Korea claims new cruise missile can crush US, South Korean warships

14 June 2017

People watch a TV news program showing a file footage of a missile launched by North Korea, at Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, June 8, 2017. The regime's state-run Rodong Sinmun newspaper stated Saturday that Washington's hostile policies toward the North would lead to America's downfall. According to Pyongyang, the launch was a test of this new ship-killing missile.

But despite the rudimentary technology used in the launch, North Korea did show that it poses a real threat. The missiles were tested on Thursday.

The new cruise rocket is "a powerful attack means capable of striking any enemy group of battleships attempting a military attack on the DPRK from the ground at will", KCNA said.

Military officials said the missiles traveled about 125 miles before splashing into the sea off North Korea's east coast.

The Security Council voted unanimously on June 2 to add 15 individuals and four entities linked to North Korea's nuclear and missile programs to a United Nations sanctions blacklist.

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South Korea does not aim to change its agreement on the deployment of a USA anti-missile system to protect against North Korea, in spite of a decision to delay its full installation, Seoul's top national security adviser said on Friday.

During his successful campaign for a May election, South Korean President Moon Jae-in promised to review the THAAD deployment decision, made by the government of his conservative predecessor, Park Geun-hye.

"We believe considering the threat from North Korea, a full THAAD battery is the best addition to the defence of (South Korea)", Commander Gary Ross said.

The North has carried out two atomic tests and dozens of missile launches since the beginning of a year ago in its quest to develop a missile capable of delivering a nuclear warhead to the continental United States - something President Trump has vowed "won't happen". The North also has other weapons systems in the works, including a number of unmanned aerial systems for spying and combat operations.

Leader Kim Jong-un has spoken of his aim to develop an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of hitting the mainland United States with a nuclear weapon.

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The launch came days after US aircraft carriers USS Carl Vinson and USS Ronald Reagan left those waters after joint exercises with the South Korean navy.

In what will likely become another source of animosities, Moon's government said it will let two of the four North Korean fishermen recently rescued at sea resettle in the South in accordance with their wishes.

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North Korea has completed two atomic tests and dozens of launches since the beginning of 2016.

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North Korea claims new cruise missile can crush US, South Korean warships