all eyes on north korea
South Korea's military says that on Thursday, North Korea fired what looked like several land-to-ship missiles off its east coast that flew about 124 miles.
The missiles were launched from Wonsan, South Korea's Office of Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement, and South Korean President Moon Jae-in has been briefed. This is North Korea's fourth missile test since Moon took office in mid-May; Pyongyang has recently tested ballistic missiles, medium- to long-range missiles, and a short-range Scud class weapon, Reuters reports. The United Nations passed new sanctions on North Korea last week, but Pyongyang is refusing to give up its nuclear and missile programs, saying the weapons are necessary due to U.S. aggression.
On Wednesday, Moon's office said it was postponing the installation of four more U.S. Terminal High Altitude Area Defense anti-missile system (THAAD) launchers, because the new administration wants to assess the system's environmental impact. The system is controversial, with China concerned that it will mess up the region's security balance.