North says Kim supervised test of new anti-ship missile

The projectiles were launched Thursday morning from the North Korean coastal city of Wonsan, South Korea’s Office of Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement.However, the European Union on Thursday broadened its sanctions against North Korea over its work on nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles.Several North Korean surface-to-ship missiles traveled 200 km before falling in the Sea of Japan.Another photo showed a huge crowd of soldiers cheering next to the surface-to-air missile launcher.That was in response to previous ballistic missile tests that violate United Nations sanctions.With Thursday’s test, North Korea has performed its 11 ballistic missile firings since Donald Trump became President of the United States, with eight successful and three failed tests. Moon says sanctions and pressure alone have failed to resolve the growing threat from the North’s advancing nuclear and missile programme.Russian President Vladimir Putin said last week that elements of US anti-missile systems in Alaska and South Korea were a challenge to Russia and that Moscow had no choice but to build up its own forces in response.North Korea has conducted dozens of missile tests since the start of previous year, as well as its fourth and fifth nuclear bomb tests. “It is incumbent on us to assume that North Korea today can range the United States with an ICBM carrying a nuclear warhead”.MAY 21: North Korea tests a solid-fuel Pukguksong-2 missile that is harder for outsiders to detect before launch.During his 2017 New Year’s Day speech, North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un said that his country had “entered the final stage of preparation for the test launch of an ICBM”. “It will pose a considerable threat to USA and South Korean navies”, he said.The missile launch came less than a week after the United Nations Security Council imposed fresh sanctions on North Korea, and drew condemnation from South Korean President Moon Jae-in who has hoped to engage Pyongyang in dialogue.In the past, when North Koreans rescued from South Korean waters have chosen to stay in the South, North Korea has accused South Korea of holding them against their will.North Korea has successfully tested a new “ground-to-sea cruise rocket”, according to state media.”The Philippines notes with alarm the increasing frequency of ballistic missile launches by [the] DPRK”. 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.Analyst Kim Dong-yub at Seoul’s Institute for Far Eastern Studies said the projectiles, which showed longer range than North Korea’s previously known KN-01 anti-ship cruise missiles, were likely from a new cruise missile system the North displayed during a massive April 15 military parade.”What appeared to be a new type of land-to-ship missile equipped with four launching canisters was unveiled at the parade”.