According to South Korean sources, North Korea launched an anti-ship cruise missile from waters off the east coast early July. This launch was part of summertime exercise that North Korea carries out regularly.
Yonhap News cited some Seoul officials saying that the ship-to-ship missile -they type of which was not specified- was fired from a ship in the East Sea on July 6 and flew less than 100 kilometres.
"We see this as part of the North's regular maritime exercise," Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) spokesperson Col. Kim Jun-rak said to Yonhap News. "We are closely monitoring the North's military moves and maintain a tight readiness posture."
These photos published by the North's Rodong Sinmun daily newspaper on June 9, 2017, show the launch of the country's new surface-to-ship cruise missile. The report said the country's leader Kim Jong-un observed the missile launch, which South Korea detected a day earlier. The North's media said the test-firing was aimed at verifying the "combat application efficiency of the overall weapon system." (Yonhap)
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un delivers a speech at the national conference of veterans held to mark the 67th anniversary of the end of the Korean War, in this photo captured from the website of the Rodong Sinmun, the country's official newspaper, on July 28, 2020. During the speech, Kim said its "reliable and effective self-defense nuclear deterrence" will guarantee its security and future forever. (Yonhap)