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S. Korea, U.S. fire 8 missiles toward East Sea in response to N. Korean missile launches
Updated: 2022-06-07 08:00:35 KST
Explosions light up the night sky and missiles are launched off the east coast of South Korea.
At 4:45AM, Korea time, South Korea and the U.S. jointly fired a total of eight surface-to-surface Army Tactical Missile System missiles toward the East Sea.
Seven of them were reportedly fired by South Korea and one by the U.S.
They were fired over a period of just ten minutes, in response to North Korea's missile launches the previous day.
South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said this shows the military has the capability to accurately target the source of North Korea's missile launches or their command and support centers, even if the regime fires missiles from various locations.
On Sunday, North Korea fired eight short-range ballistic missiles toward the East Sea from four different places.
These were the Sunan area, located in Pyeongyang, where the regime has its main airfield,. Dongchang-ri, Kaechon, and Hamhung.
The distances the missiles flew for ranged from about 110 kilometers to 670 kilometers and their altitudes reached roughly 25 kilometers to 90 kilometers.
South Korea's military also "strongly condemned" the North's recent series of ballistic missile launches, and called on the regime to immediately halt actions that raise tensions on the Korean Peninsula.
The South's move comes after President Yoon Suk-yeol, who took office last month, vowed to take a tougher line against the North than the previous administration.
Bae Eun-ji, Arirang News.
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