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North Korea fires suspected cruise missiles after United States drills

15 June 2017

According to earlier reports by the South Korean media, several anti-ship missiles were launched from the outskirts of the coastal city of Wonsan.

But those are about the only nice things you could say about these missiles.

Given that the US recently has deployed warships to the Korean peninsula, it makes ideal sense for Pyongyang to respond with testing a missile that could one day attack them-even if, at this point, such a missile attack would not be successful.

Pyongyang, led by young leader Kim Jong Un, test-fired Thursday surface-to-ship cruise missiles that traveled up to some 200 kilometers off its eastern coast.

The same year, South Korea said that it had found three alleged North Korean drones in border towns.

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USA Today reported that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un observed the launches, according to KCNA, which said the missiles "accurately detected and hit" floating targets at sea after making "circular flights".

The 6,900-tonne USS Cheyenne, whose home port is Pearl Harbor, arrived in the South Korean port of Busan Tuesday, as the USA steps up its own muscle-flexing in the region. The canisters appeared similar to North Korea's ship-based launchers for the KN-01.

But he also said that if North Korea is willing to abandon nuclear weapons, the South would take a leading role to help it gain support from the global community.

Moon temporarily halted the installation of remaining components of the U.S.'s Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system, known as Thaad, pending an environmental impact assessment.

But most agree that the country has made significant progress under the young leader, who took power after the death of his father and longtime ruler, Kim Jong-Il, in December 2011.

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The launches Thursday morning of what appeared to be surface-to-ship cruise missiles were meant to demonstrate that the North could repel forces staging a strike on the Korean Peninsula, analysts said.

"Our military has strengthened surveillance and alertness readiness in cases of additional provocation by North Korean military and is maintaining all readiness posture while we are tracking and monitoring related situation", the statement read.

The UN Security Council last Friday unanimously adopted a US-drafted resolution imposing new targeted sanctions on a handful of North Korean officials and entities, in response to a series of ballistic missile tests this year that are banned under UN resolutions.

But, to his chief officials President Moon stressed the need for a fundamentally different approach in addressing the North Korean problem.

North Korea is convinced it can successfully carry out an ICBM launch and it would be a blow to the policies of the United States against Pyongyang, the official newspaper said.

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Unless Washington sucks up its pride and sits down with the North Koreans, neither side can agree on a set of terms to convince Pyongyang to stop its nuclear tests or its non-stop missile launches. The test may have been meant to send a threatening message to the United States, which has two carrier strike groups in the waters between the Korean peninsula and Japan, with a third carrier group now being sent to the region.