South Korea and US fire eight missiles into sea in show of force to North Korea – The Guardian
South Korea and the US fired eight missiles into the sea in response to North Korea’s missile launch just 12-hours earlier.
South Korea’s president Yoon Suk-yeol warned the North that its nuclear and ballistic missile programs threatened regional and world peace, and promised a “firm and stern response” to any future provocations.
North Korea fired eight short-range ballistic missiles toward the sea off its east coast on Sunday, a day after the US aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan concluded a three-day naval exercise with South Korea. The South’s military said it had detected the North firing the missiles from at least four different locations.
North Korea has conducted a flurry of missile launches this year, including hypersonic weapons and intercontinental ballistic missiles, for the first time in nearly five years. Washington and Seoul have warned that North Korea could resume nuclear weapons tests.
The militaries of South Korea and the US fired eight missiles over a period of about 10 minutes starting at 4.45am, Yonhap said.
US Forces Korea said in a statement that the exercise had involved one US army missile and seven South Korean army missiles. It said the countries’ alliance “remains committed to peace and prosperity on the Korean peninsula and throughout the Indo-Pacific. The US commitment to the defence of [South Korea] remains ironclad.”
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- US, S. Korea fire missiles to sea, matching North’s launches The Associated Press – en Español