South Korea claims Pyongyang tested anti-ship missiles

South Korea’s military has reported that several projectiles were launched off of North Korea’s east coast. According to Seoul, these were anti-ship missiles.
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North Korea launched a string of anti-ship missiles on Thursday, according to the South Korean news agency Yonhap. The report states that the missiles flew about 200 kilometers (124 miles) after they were launched off of the North’s east coast. At the moment, the purpose of the launch is unknown and it is unclear whether the test was successful.

South Korea suspects that this launch was designed to test short-range anti-ship missiles. If this turns out to be accurate, this test will constitute Pyongyang’s eighth missile trial in the past six months.  

Two weeks ago, North Korea tested an intermediate-range ballistic Scud missile, which landed in the Sea of Japan after traveling about 450 kilometers (280 miles). The previous tests that North Korea conducted using this type of missile were deemed unsuccessful because the missile exploded almost instantly after each launch.

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