North Korea says it has tested new anti-ship missile

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North Korea's official media routinely reports on such missile launches the following day. They landed in waters between the Korean Peninsula and Japan, where USA aircraft carriers USS Carl Vinson and USS Ronald Reagan participated in joint exercises with the South Korean navy that ended earlier this week.

The projectiles were fired from the North Korean eastern coastal town of Wonsan and likely flew about 200 kilometers (about 125 miles) while reaching a maximum altitude of about 2 kilometers (1.2 miles), South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

People watch a TV news program showing a file footage of a missile launched by North Korea, at Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, June 8, 2017.

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

"I would not say we are comfortably ahead of the threat", said Syring, acknowledging the surprising progress that North Korea has made in developing the range of their missile forces.

Pyongyang launched what appeared to be several land-to-sea missiles early on Thursday off its east coast; they flew about 200km, said South Korea's military.

"If Japan is concerned about its security, it should not act (as) a poodle of the US but withdraw its hostile policy toward the DPRK and remove the USA military bases for aggression from its territory", a spokesman for the North's National Peace Committee of Korea was quoted by KCNA as saying Wednesday.

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The North's claims can not be independently confirmed. Therefore, a show of strength is the best deterrent against North Korea, and must include sending Pyongyang the message that the United States will not hesitate to use every tool in its arsenal against the communist state if it should provoke us with an attack.

Moon said after the new launches that his government "won't back off even a single step and make any compromise" on the issue of national security.

"We continue to call on the DPRK to refrain from what we consider to be provocative actions and destabilizing actions ... that only serves to undermine the situation in the Korean Peninsula", spokeswoman Heather Nauert said.

Pyongyang often accuses Seoul of kidnapping its citizens or enticing them to defect to the South.

North Korea, which could have a working nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missile in the next few years, may also be the most urgent foreign policy concern for the Trump administration, which has been distracted by domestic political turmoil and has insisted China do more to rein in the North's weapons activities.

North Korea is believed to have figured out how to mount a miniaturized nuclear bomb on a ballistic missile, the re-entry vehicle is suspected to have survived the IRBM test, and the North's engine technology has improved.