North Korea test fires several short-range missiles

North Korea launched several short-range missiles Thursday from the eastern coastal town of Wonsan, continuing a flurry of weapons tests that have defied international condemnation and increased tensions between the Hermit Kingdom and South Korea, the U.S., and other nations. The suspected anti-ship missiles flew far shorter distances than the long-range missiles North Korea has tested recently, but they were interpreted as a message to the isolated communist regime’s enemies that it would continue to defy calls to rein in its missile and nuclear weapon programs. South Korean President Moon Jae-in, a liberal who favors diplomatic outreach to Pyongyang, warned that North Korea could face further isolation and hardship if it continues the provocative pace of its tests, and said he “won’t back off even a single step and make any compromise” on South Korea’s security.

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