North Korea fires suspected cruise missiles close to US aircraft carriers
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- North Korea fired several suspected short-range anti-ship missiles in a continuation of defiant launches as it seeks to build a nuclear missile capable of reaching the continental United States.
- The projectiles were fired from the North Korean eastern coastal town of Wonsan and likely flew about 200 kilometres (about 125 miles) while reaching a maximum altitude of about 2 kilometres (1.2 miles), South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said.
- North Korea’s weapons tests are meant to build a nuclear and missile programme that can stand up to what it sees as US and South Korean hostility, but they are also considered by outside analysts as ways to make its political demands clear to leaders in Washington and Seoul.
- The launches were North Korea’s fourth missile test in as many weeks as the country continues to speed up its development of nuclear weapons and missiles.
- In following weeks launched a solid-fuel midrange missile that can be fired on shorter notice than liquid fuel missiles, and also what it descried a new “precision-guided” missile, which experts say is designed with a maneuverable terminal stage meant to frustrate missile defense systems like the US Terminal High Altitude Area Defense that is being deployed in South Korea.