White House Official Confirms Discussions on S. Korean Missile Defense

Lance Nichols
June 19, 2017

"This new-type cruise rocket is a powerful attack means capable of striking any enemy group of battleships" that could threaten North Korea, KCNA said.

This undated picture released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on June 9, 2017 shows a test-fire of a new-type ground-to-sea cruise rocket developed by the Academy of National Defence Science at an undisclosed location in North Korea.

North Korea's official media routinely reports on such missile launches the following day.

The North also has successfully tested new anti-ship cruise missiles.

North Korea unveiled a number of new weapons at a massive military parade on April 15 to mark the anniversary of the birth of the state's founding leader, and has since tested some of them.

According to South Korean joint chiefs of staff (JCS), the drone's size and shape is similar to a North Korean drone that crashed into an island near the border in 2014.

In what will likely become another source of animosities, Moon's government said it will let two of the four North Korean fishermen recently rescued at sea resettle in the South in accordance with their wishes.

"The series of recent strategic weapons tests show that we are not too far away from test-firing an intercontinental ballistic missile", the Rodong Sinmun said in an editorial.

In a May 27 article, Voice of America (VOA) reported that the USS Nimitz will join the Carl Vinson and the Ronald Reagan and their accompanying ships that make up carrier strike groups in the western Pacific.

Moon has sought to expand cross-border civilian exchanges as a way to improve ties, but North Korea on Monday rejected a Seoul civic group's offer to provide anti-malaria supplies to protest South Korea's support of fresh United Nations sanctions adopted last week. A local military expert says the North is trying to upgrade its weapons systems as its ICBM and nuclear capabilities near completion.

Analysts say each launch, successful or not, improves missile technology and ultimately provides information that helps bring North Korea closer to its goal of building a missile that could reach the US.

Thursday's missile test was its fourth in as many weeks.

The claim indicates the regime has continued to advance its missile technology since its leader Kim Jong-un said during his annual address on January 1 that the regime was in the final stage of developing ICBM technology.

Seoul said it would delay the installation of remaining components of the THAAD anti-missile system until it completes an assessment of the system's environmental impact.

China has called on Pyongyang to suspend its testing while calling on the U.S. to stop military exercises on and near the Korean Peninsula, which North Korea sees as a threat to its sovereignty.

Speaking at a doorstop interview, Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida condemned North Korea's latest missile launch.

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