North Korea 'fires several land-to-ship missiles'

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Japan's Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said after Thursday's launch that Tokyo has not detected any "flying objects" that headed toward Japan or landed inside the country's maritime economic zone.

On May 14, North Korea premiered a powerful new midrange missile that it said could carry a heavy nuclear warhead.

North Korea test-fired Thursday what appeared to be surface-to-ship cruise missiles that traveled about 200 kilometers off its east coast, South Korea's military said.

The launch was from the North Korean coastal city of Wonsan.

"We can never tolerate these kind of provocative actions". It is unclear how many missiles were fired, and the specifics of the weaponry have yet to be revealed.

There have been nine ballistic missile launches by North Korea so far this year, the most recent of which fell into the EEZ surrounding Japanese waters on May 29.

In the three earlier launches, North Korea tested different kinds of ballistic missiles, two medium-to-long range missiles as well as a short-range Scud class weapon. The improved range indicates the North is pursuing weapons capable of reaching USA aircraft carriers that operate from deeper positions, he said.

The vote came after North Korea fired what it claimed was a new type of ballistic missile from Wonsan that Japanese and South Korean monitors said flew 248 miles east of the Korean Peninsula.

The North's demands include the removal of almost 30,000 USA troops in South Korea stationed there ostensibly to check North Korean aggression.

"North Korea is carrying out carefully calibrated provocations. but restraining from ICBM tests or nuclear explosions which could bring about military retaliations by (US President Donald) Trump", he added.

North Korea has denounced the additional sanctions, insisting that it will not stop firing missiles until the United States and its allies make the "right choices".

The DPRK projectiles were not ballistic missiles.

The missiles are believed to have travelled 200km (124 miles). Kim, who was photographed at the launch site, declared it "perfect".

The missiles were featured on top of mobile launchers with four launch tubes. Rounds of sanctions imposed through the United Nations and directly by concerned countries - including the United States and Japan - have failed to change North Korea's calculus.

North Korea has been continuing with its rapid development of weapons technologies, despite repeated global condemnation and sanctions.

North Korea unveiled surface-to-ship missiles at a military parade to mark the 105th birthday of its late founder Kim Il-sung on April 15th. Moon says sanctions and pressure alone have failed to resolve the growing threat from the North's advancing nuclear and missile program.