United States satellites picked up that the North Korean regime is moving anti-ship cruise missiles on a patrol boat on the country’s east side.
The new reports come as the U.S. continues to insist that North Korea halt missile tests, according to Fox News.
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It’s the first time these missiles have been deployed on this type of platform since 2014, U.S. officials with knowledge of the latest intelligence in the region told Fox News on Monday.
The moves additionally mean that North Korean officials are refusing to comply with international pleas to stand down.
“The best signal that North Korea could give us that they’re prepared to talk would be to stop these missile launches,” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in the Philippines Monday.
North Korea loaded two Stormpetrel anti-ship cruise missiles on a Wonsan guided-missile patrol boat at Toejo Dong on North Korea’s east coast.
“North Korea is not showing any evidence it plans to halt its missile tests,” said one official who requested anonymity to discuss sensitive information. “It’s a trend that does not bode well for hopes of de-escalating tensions on the [Korean] peninsula.”
Officials believe the latest moves mean Pyongyang will conduct another missile test in the coming days.