North Korea fires multiple ground-to-ship cruise missiles

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North Korea fired multiple cruise missiles into the waters between Korea and Japan on Thursday morning, a day after Seoul said it would suspend any further deployment of a controversial missile-defense system to conduct an environmental review.

The South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff said they were likely antiship missiles fired from near the city of Wonsan on North Korea’s east coast that flew about 125 miles.

The missile launch comes less than a week after the United Nations Security Council passed a new resolution expanding sanctions against North Korea as punishment for its missile tests.

Reuters South Korean soldier on Thursday walks past a TV broadcast on North Korea firing what appeared
to be missiles off its east coast.

It also comes a day after South Korean President Moon Jae-in formally said he would halt the deployment of a controversial U.S. missile-defense system in South Korea while the government conducts an environmental assessment of the site in southern South Korea.