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A woman walks by a TV news program showing images of North Korean missile launch, published in the country's Rodong Sinmun newspaper, at Seoul Railway station in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, May 15, 2017. North Korea said Monday the missile it launched over the weekend was a new type of "medium long-range" ballistic rocket that can carry a heavy nuclear warhead. A jubilant leader Kim Jong Un promised more nuclear and missile tests and warned that North Korean weapons could strike the U.S. mainland and Pacific holdings. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

North Korea launched what appeared to be several missiles from its east coast


North Korea launched what appeared to be several land-to-ship-missiles off its east coast on Thursday local time, Reuters reported.

In a statement, South Korea's Office of Joint Chiefs of Staff said, "North Korea fired multiple unidentified projectiles, assumed to be surface-to-ship missiles, this morning from the vicinity of Wonsan, Gangwon Province."

The launches come less than a week after the United Nations Security Council instated sanctions against the repressive regime, which said it would continue to pursue its nuclear and weapons program.

Newly-elected South Korean President Moon-Jae-in has been briefed on the launch, the military added. 

Thursday's launch is the fourth test conducted at the hands of North Korea since Moon had taken office on May 10 vowing to engage in dialogue with Pyongyang. 

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