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US and South Korea launch 8 missiles in response to North Korea

The United States and South Korea fired eight missiles off the east coast of South Korea early this morning, June 6, in response to North Korea’s short-range ballistic missile launches a day earlier.

The operation was aimed at demonstrating “the ability and readiness to conduct precision strikes” against the origin or command and support centers, Yonhap news agency quoted the South Korean military as saying in a statement. support North Korean missile launches.

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The launch of a surface-to-surface missile during a joint live-fire exercise between the US and South Korean militaries at an undisclosed location in South Korea in May 2022. Photo: Yonhap

The US and South Korean militaries fired a total of eight surface-to-surface missiles in about 10 minutes, starting at 4:45 a.m. on June 6 in response to eight missiles launched by North Korea the day before.

Pyongyang’s June 5 launch of a short-range ballistic missile into waters off the east coast of North Korea is likely to be the largest single weapon test ever, according to Reuters. The move comes a day after the US and South Korea concluded joint military exercises.

Last month, the combined forces of Washington and Seoul also launched missiles in response to North Korea’s ballistic missile test. Washington and Seoul accuse Pyongyang’s actions of violating United Nations Security Council resolutions.

South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol, who took office in May, has vowed to take a tougher line on North Korea. He also agreed with US President Joe Biden at a summit that same month in Seoul on upgrading the allies’ joint exercises and coordinated deterrence posture.

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North Korea fires eight missiles into the sea in a rowSEOUL, June 5 (Yonhap) — North Korea fired eight short-range ballistic missiles into the sea east of the country this morning from at least two locations, South Korea’s military said.

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