“North Korea has fired several unidentified missiles, presumed to be ground-to-sea missiles, this morning from a place near Wonsan,” a coastal town in the east of the country, the ministry said.
It is the fourth North Korean missile launch in less than five weeks despite many UN Security Council resolutions, which prohibit Pyongyang from continuing its ballistic and nuclear programs, and the threat of a military intervention from the United States.
Last Friday, the UN Security Council unanimously passed a resolution sanctioning 14 North Korean officials, including the alleged leader of the intelligence services, and four entities, in response to North Korea’s pursuit of its nuclear program.
The United Nations has already adopted two resolutions last year to increase economic sanctions against North Korea, which has already suffered six rounds of sanctions since its first nuclear test in 2006.
Pyongyang, which has carried out dozens of missile launches and two nuclear tests since the beginning of 2016, is seeking to develop an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of carrying nuclear fire to the American continent. President Donald Trump has said that it “will not happen”.