North Korea launches multiple missiles: Seoul

North Korea's 10th test of missile technology this year comes after Kim told his air force to be ready to bomb USA aircraft carriers that are gathering in the western Pacific, according to China's official Xinhua News Agency.

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.

North Korea didn't say how many anti-ship missiles it launched, but South Korea's national security director Chung Eui-yong said Friday the North fired four short-range missiles. That was in response to a spate of recent ballistic missile tests which violate United Nations sanctions.

It said the missiles flew about 200km.

South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff says these were surface-to-ship cruise missiles launched from a base near the city of Wonsan in Gangwon-do Province.

The launch is the latest in a fast-paced series of missile tests defying world pressure and threats of more sanctions.

While North Korea may have a handful of nuclear weapons that can wreak havoc on the USA, the United States certainly has hundreds of percision-guided nukes that can streak across the sky and level Pyongyang in a moment's notice.

North Korea's previous ballistic missile firing was at the end of May when the regime of Kim Jong-un has alleged that its had been a successful test of a precision-guided system as it was known to be in pursuit of developing an "aircraft carrier killer", anti-ship ballistic missile.

The new cruise missile represents a "a step forward in terms of accuracy and range", analyst Kim Dong-Yub of the Kyungnam University Institute for Far Eastern Studies told AFP.

"This new-type cruise rocket is a powerful attack means capable of striking any enemy group of battleships attempting a military attack on the DPRK", the KCNA statement reads.

Though the USA can achieve small victories in test scenarios, a determined foe can send multitudes of missiles, decoys, and employ countermeasures against defenses.

It's the 10th missile test this year by North Korea and the fifth missile launch since liberal Moon Jae-in took office in South Korea early May.

U.S. President Donald Trump has been pressing China aggressively to rein in North Korea, warning that all options, including a pre-emptive military strike, are on the table if Pyongyang persists with its nuclear and missile development.

"We'll be conducting more missile tests on a weekly, monthly and yearly basis", Vice Foreign Minister Han Song Ryol said at the time.

"Looking at North Korean data and the US response to the launch, it appears to me that Pyongyang has indeed acquired re-entry technology".

North Korea has completed two atomic tests and dozens of launches since the beginning of 2016.

It has said it is working to develop a nuclear-tipped ICBM capable of reaching the USA mainland, presenting Trump with perhaps his most pressing security threat.

  • Leroy Wright