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North Korea tested a new type of missile capable of striking the US and S. Korea 'at will'


North Korea on Friday said it has test-launched a new type of anti-ship cruise missile with the power to strike U.S. and South Korean warships.

The missiles are the fourth new missile system North Korea has disclosed and tested this year.

"This new-type cruise rocket is a powerful attack means capable of striking any enemy group of battleships" attempting to attack North Korea and can be used "at will," the North's official Korean Central News Agency said.

A man watches a TV news program showing photos published in North Korea's Rodong Sinmun newspaper of North Korea's new type of cruise missile launch, at Seoul Railway station in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, June 9, 2017. North Korea said Friday it has tested a new type of cruise missile that could strike U.S. and South Korean warships "at will" if it is attacked, in an apparent reference to the projectiles detected by Seoul when they were launched a day earlier. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

The agency said leader Kim Jong Un observed the launches and that the missiles "accurately detected and hit" floating targets. These claims could not be independently confirmed.

More photos from Thursday's test launch. Kim Jong Un is pictured watching from afar.

South Korean national security director Chung Eui-yong said later Friday "the North" had fired four short-range missiles on Thursday. 

The launch came days after U.S. aircraft carriers USS Carl Vinson and USS Ronald Reagan left those waters after joint exercises with the South Korean navy.

--The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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