North Korea fires suspected cruise missiles after US drills

North Korea fires suspected cruise missiles after US drills

According to earlier reports by the South Korean media, several anti-ship missiles were launched from the outskirts of the coastal city of Wonsan.

U.S. State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said Thursday the resumption of talks with North Korea on the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula is made more hard by Pyongyang's increasingly frequent missile tests.

The South said they were fired from the town of Wonsan and flew about 200 kilometers (125 miles) and landed in waters between the Korean Peninsula and Japan.

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. It uses radar along with a series of rockets created to intercept incoming missiles, like ones potentially coming from North Korea.

Many South Koreans oppose THAAD because they fear it will have negative economic and environmental effects while being positioned mainly to protect USA forces in southern areas.

North Korea missile launches showed that THAAD was "important to, not only to protect United States forces, to protect our alliance and to. help to further strengthen the region", Nauert said.

"It is also expressing displeasure of the arrival of a USA nuclear submarine in South Korean".

"The Philippines notes with alarm the increasing frequency of ballistic missile launches by [the] DPRK".

Protesters, mostly local residents, oppose the deployment, and China, South Korea's biggest trading partner, may have placed sanctions against South Korean conglomerate Lotte for supplying Seoul with the THAAD site. They landed in waters between the Korean Peninsula and Japan, where US aircraft carriers USS Carl Vinson and USS Ronald Reagan participated in joint exercises with the South Korean navy that ended earlier this week.

North Korea has accelerated its missile testing program in defiance of United Nations sanctions as Kim seeks to develop a device that can deliver a nuclear warhead to North America.

A spokesman for the office said the launch seemed to be a test created to answer recent United States naval exercises in the region.

In a series of missile tests, North Korea has been aggressively developing its missile technology. THAAD has already become operational in South Korea, and can intercept ballistic missiles launched by the regime of Kim Jong-un in North Korea.

According to Pyongyang, the launch was a test of this new ship-killing missile. North Korea today has at least four paths to a working ICBM, and although each has its drawbacks, taken together, they suggest a country that will likely succeed before too long.

South Korea's new president is shifting policy when it comes to a program of missile defense.

The EU said it would freeze the assets of 14 more people and ban their travel to Europe in line with a UN Security Council resolution last week for more sanctions over Pyongyang's ballistic missile tests. In fact, South Korea is claiming "that an environmental assessment of the additional equipment could take up to a year", the Telegraph says.

These demands include the removal of almost 30,000 United States troops in South Korea meant to check North Korean aggression.

"North Korea's actions just prove ... that something along the lines of THAAD is something that's important to not only protect USA forces, to protect our alliance, and also to protect - help to further strengthen the region", State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said Thursday during a briefing.