North Korea just tested surface-to-ship missiles as the US bulks up its Pacific fleet

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South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reports North Korea launched a number of what appeared to be surface-to-ship projectiles this morning.

South Korean military said the missiles were launched near the eastern port city of Wonsan in the Kangwon Peninsula:

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“North Korea fired multiple unidentified projectiles, assumed to be surface-to-ship missiles, this morning from the vicinity of Wonsan, Gangwon Province,” a statement from South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said.

The missiles flew about 200km.

Just two days ago, the US deployed its oldest operating aircraft carrier, the USS Nimitz from San Diego to join two others in the Pacific.

Business Insider understands the US now has three aircraft carriers, two cruisers and 12 destroyers simultaneously operating in the Pacific, often with Japanese and South Korean navy ships nearby. The US also has 28,500 troops stationed in South Korea.

The JCS said it was “maintaining full preparedness” and has “beefed up surveillance and vigilance against the possibility of additional provocations”.

It’s the first launch from the Hermit Kingdom since May 29, when at least one short-range ballistic missile made it 450km into the Sea of Japan. Just a day later, the US successfully tested a ground-based interceptor with the capacity to shoot down intercontinental ballistic missiles.

Pyongyang responded to that test by saying it “will only bring earlier day when US will turn into ashes”.

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