North Korea fired what appeared to be multiple land-to-ship missiles off its east coast on Thursday morning, South Korea’s military said.
In total four cruise missiles were fired from the North Korean coastal city of Wonsan, Gangwon Province, a US defense official told CNN.
The missiles flew around 124 miles, South Korean officials said. Wonsan is 113 miles from the South Korean capital of Seoul.
The US official said that the missiles were not capable of posing a long-range threat.
The launch is the latest in a fast-paced series of missile tests defying world pressure and threats of more sanctions.
In fact, it is the fourth missile test by the North since South Korean President Moon-Jae-in took office on May 10 pledging to engage in dialogue with Pyongyang.
And they come less than a week after the UN Security Council passed fresh sanctions on North Korea, which said it would continue to pursue its nuclear and weapons program without delay.
The sanctions extend an existing travel ban and asset freeze on high-level North Korean officials and state entities that deal with the weapons program.
The details were confirmed in a statement by South Korea’s Office of Joint Chiefs of Staff; the Japanese government also confirmed the launches.
South Korean President Moon has been briefed on the latest launch, the country’s military said, declining to give further details.
Under third-generation leader Kim Jong Un, North Korea has been conducting such tests at an unprecedented pace in an effort to develop an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of hitting the mainland United States.
North Korean state media has not yet reported the launches.
The launch comes a day after South Korea halted deployment of a US anti-missile system, which has caused friction with China.
Beijing, which views the system as a security threat, has stopped Chinese tourists from visiting South Korea and punished China-based South Korean businesses.
This is the latest in a string of rapidly intensifying tests for North Korea (leader Kim Jong-un seen in file photo), and comes after the UN placed more sanctions on the country