North Korea’s missile launch: South Korea’s President orders “military readiness”

Published: 11:43 GMT, Jun 8, 2017 |

South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in presided the National Security Council (NSC) meeting on Thursday (June 8), after North Korea fired what appeared to be several land-to-ship missiles off its east coast.

The launches, the latest in a fast-paced series of missile tests defying world pressure to rein in its weapons programme, came a day after the South postponed full deployment of a controversial U.S. anti-missile system designed to deter a North Korean attack.

At the beginning of the meeting, Moon ordered the military to “maintain readiness posture to react immediately to whatever provocation North Korea enacts.”

Compared to the different types of ballistic missiles Pyongyang has recently tested, the missiles launched on Thursday (June 8) are considered to be more defensive in nature, designed to defend against threats such as enemy warships.