North Korea fires missile in sea, jams GPS signals in South

uni1459580641{BNN/SEOUL, South Korea}  – North Korea has reportedly fired a short-range missile into the sea, jamming GPS navigation signals in South Korea.

Confirming the firing, Seoul officials have said that the incident came merely hours after U.S., South Korean and Japanese leaders pledged to work closer together to prevent North Korea from advancing its nuclear and missile programs.

South Korean military officials are said to have detected the North firing a surface-to-air missile off its east coast, and it wasn’t immediately clear if the two were linked.

Officials also confirmed that North’s persistent attempts to jam GPS signals did not cause any major disruptions of South Korean military, aviation and sea transport and telecommunication systems.

However, the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries reported that more than 130 fishing boats faced problems with their navigation systems and some were forced to return to their ports. Some news reports also said that about 50 airliners flying over the Korean Peninsula faced GPS problems.

Even as South Korea’s Defense Ministry criticised the act and claimed it was a provocation that threatened public safety and military operations, South Korean President, Park Geun-hye has warned that such actions would trigger even tougher sanctions and more isolation.

Meanwhile, the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un expressed “great satisfaction” after observing a successful live-fire test of a new anti-air weapons system. The report did not elaborate on when and where the test took place.

North Korea has also declared that it is blocking web pages from YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and a number of South Korean media sites. It also said gambling and “sex and adult websites. READ MORE OF THIS STORY

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.