ROK: DPRK test-fires multiple ground-to-ship missiles
Freyja 2017-06-08 16:09:47
SEOUL – The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) test-fired multiple projectiles believed to be ground-to-ship cruise missiles Thursday morning into its eastern waters, according to Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) of the Republic of Korea (ROK).
The short-range surface-to-ship cruise missiles were launched from the city of Wonsan on DPRK's east coast in the morning, the JCS said in a s tatement.
The missiles flew about 200 km into the DPRK'S eastern waters.
ROK President Moon Jae-in convened a meeting of the national security council Thursday after the DPRK launch.
The ROK and the United States were jointly analyzing details on the test-launches.
The ROK military has strengthened surveillance and vigilance in preparation for additional DPRK provocation, while maintaining full defense preparedness, the JCS said.
The DPRK projectiles were not ballistic missiles. Under UN Security Council resolutions, Pyongyang is banned from testing any ballistic missile technology.
The test-firing by the DPRK came as the US military dispatched nuclear-powered aircraft carriers to waters off the Korean Peninsula.
Pyongyang has conducted missile test-launches five times since Moon took office on May 10.
The test-launches were immediately reported to ROK President Moon Jae-in right after being detected, according to local media reports.
He is set to chair the meeting of the national security council in the afternoon, according to Moon's office.
It would mark the first plenary session that is chaired by the new president. Since Moon's inauguration on May 10, three standing committee meetings of the national security council had been chaired by head of the National Security Office of the Blue House.