North Korea conducts fifth missile test in a month

North Korea conducts fifth missile test in a month”

Since South Korean President Moon Jae-in took office on May 10th, North Korea has launched five missiles with four of them being tested for the first time.

After the successful test of the Hwasong-12 IRBM, possibly the technological predecessor to, if not a stage of, an eventual liquid-fueled North Korean ICBM, the South Korean defense minister declared that the North's missile program is progressing much faster than initially expected.

JCS said yesterday that projectiles were presumed to be short-range anti-ship cruise missiles, and that they flew around 200km with a "maximum altitude" of 2km. But he also said that if North Korea is willing to abandon nuclear weapons, the South would take a leading role to help it gain support from the global community.

North Korea's leader, Kim Jong Un, presided over the launch of a new anti-ship cruise missile system on Thursday in Wonsan, on North Korea's east coast.

Shortly afterwards, on May 30, the U.S. conducted its first ever test of a Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) interceptor with a capacity to shoot down intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM), that Washington said was planned "years in advance".

However, the European Union on Thursday broadened its sanctions against North Korea over its work on nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles.

It added that the missiles were 'accurately detected and hit the floating targets on the East Sea of Korea'. North Korea, which could have a working nuclear-tipped ICBM in the next several years, may also be the most urgent foreign policy concern for the Trump administration, which has been distracted by domestic political turmoil.

"The decision to introduce THAAD was made to protect South Korea and the USA forces in South Korea from a growing threat from the North".

However, the cruise missile firing do not violate U.N. Security Council resolutions against the North, which ban launches using ballistic missile technology.

Meanwhile, South Korea suspended temporarily the further deployment of the advanced United States missile defense system known as THAAD over certain bureaucratic irregularities surrounding its installation.

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.

South Korea's military said the missiles North Korea fired on June 8 may be of the same type as what was unveiled during the North's April 15 military parade, what appeared to be a new land-to-ship cruise missile on a mobile launcher. The projectile landed in an area in the sea that is part of Japan's maritime economic zone.

It added that the South Korean military had beefed up surveillance and vigilance against the possibility of additional provocations by the North Korean regime.

The missiles flew for 200 kilometers before splashing down in worldwide waters in the Sea of Japan, according to the South Korean military.

Moon campaigned in favor of engagement with North Korea but he seems to have modified his stance in the face of ongoing provocations by Pyongyang.

The Security Council voted unanimously on June 2 to add 15 individuals and four entities linked to North Korea's nuclear and missile programmes to a United Nations sanctions blacklist.

After the reported missile test, China reiterated its call on all parties involved in the situation to exercise restraint and make an effort to stabilize the situation in the region.

According to USA Today, the launch marked the fourth new missile system introduced and successfully tested this year alone.

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