North Korea's recent missile launches are aimed at testing brand-new missiles, the Defense Ministry said Thursday (June 28).
"The missiles that North Korea recently test-fired into the East Sea and the West Sea are ground-to-ground and ground-to-ship missiles with a range of around 100 kilometers," the ministry said in a press release. "They have not been deployed, as they are still in the development stage."
The assessment came a day after the North reportedly launched three short-range ballistic missiles into the waters between the Korean Peninsula and Japan.
The North's missile test, the third in a month, drew strong condemnations from the United States and Japan.
"The U.S. is deeply troubled that North Korea has decided to launch these missiles during a delicate time in the six-party talks," National Security Council spokesman Gordon Johndroe said.