North Korea says it test-fired 4 missiles a day after the U.S. held defense drills
SEOUL — North Korea says it test-launched four nuclear-capable cruise missiles, its first cruise missile test since November. The launch comes a day after the U.S. and South Korea held tabletop exercises simulating a North Korean nuclear attack.
The Korean Central News Agency said the four strategic cruise missiles each flew about 1,200 miles to the east, in elliptical and figure-8-shaped trajectories, before hitting targets in the sea.
South Korea's military did not say if it detected the launches or not. It says it is investigating whether the North's claims about the launch are true.
The U.S., South Korea and Japan held trilateral missile defense drills this week off the coast of South Korea.
North Korea's Foreign Ministry called in a statement for the U.S. to stop deploying strategic weapons, such as aircraft carriers, to the Korean peninsula, and halt joint military drills with South Korea.