N. Korea launches 8 short-range ballistic missiles on Sunday
Updated: 2022-06-05 12:43:10 KST
North Korea this morning launched eight short-range ballistic missiles toward the East Sea -- the most it's launched at one time so far this year.
It was also the 18th missile launch this year.
They were launched, according to South Korea, successively from 9:08 this morning until 9:43.
Shin Ye-eun has the details.
North Korea on Sunday fired eight short-range ballistic missiles towards the East Sea.
According to South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff, some of the missiles were fired
from the Sunan District of Pyeongyang, where the regime has its main airfield.
The distances flown ranged from about 110 kilometers to 670 kilometers and their altitudes roughly 25 kilometers to 90 kilometers.
Sunday's launch came just a day after South Korea and the U.S. wrapped up a three-day joint naval exercise in waters off Okinawa in a demonstration of the strength of their alliance and their joint defense capabilities.
Other missile tests by the North this year have also come after allied military drills or talks.
Less than two weeks ago, on May 25th, Pyeongyang fired a suspected ICBM and two apparent short-range ballistic missiles into the East Sea.
That was just a day after U.S. President Joe Biden left Korea following a summit with President Yoon Suk-yeol in which they agreed to strengthen the allies' defenses.
South Korea's military is also on high alert for the North to conduct what would be its seventh nuclear test.
Satellite imagery has shown work underway at the regime's main nuclear test site.
And leader Kim Jong-un himself said in March that he's been ramping up the North's nuclear program so that the weapons can be used at any time.
"We've been building our nuclear capability to prevent war. But, if we are put in a situation we don't desire, we may have to use it."
South Korea's National Security Adviser Kim Sung-han convened the standing committee of the NSC to discuss the latest missile launch.
There, members said Sunday's launch clearly violated UN Security council resolutions and appeared to be a challenge to the Yoon administration.
This was the third time Pyeongyang has launched missiles since President Yoon came into office last month and the 18th time it's done it this year.
After being briefed on the NSC meeting, President Yoon ordered officials to work to strengthen South Korea's military alliance with the United States by holding more defense drills.
Shin Ye-eun, Arirang News.