North Korean has reportedly launched four anti-ship missiles into the sea east of the Korean Peninsula near the eastern port city of Wonsan, Gangwon Province.
This latest missile launch is the fourth test-firing conducted in a month, and was claimed by the South Korean military to be a demonstration of North Korea’s ‘precise targeting capability’, reported CNN.
South Korea joint chiefs stated the four projectiles fired were short-range surface-to-ship cruise missiles, which flew approximately 200km before dropping into the sea.
South Korea Joint Chiefs of Staffs spokesman Roh Jae-cheon was quoted by CNN as saying: “We assess that North Korea intended to show off its various missile capabilities, display its precise targeting capability, in the form of armed protests against ships in regard to US Navy carrier strike groups and joint naval drills.”
North Korea has fired 16 missiles in ten separate tests to date.
The UN Security Council adopted a US-drafted resolution on 2 June, which imposed new targeted sanctions on various North Korean officials and entities.
University of North Korean Studies professor Yang Moo-Jin was quoted by AFP as saying: “North Korea has been stepping up missile tests [...] in order to project an image to the world that international sanctions can never bring it to its knees.
“It is also expressing displeasure of the arrival of a US nuclear submarine in South Korea.”