South Korea and the United States launch eight missiles in response to North Korea

Seven were launched by South Korea and one by the United States, according to South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, which said it demonstrated that “even if North Korea is provoked with missiles from multiple locations, (South Korea and the United States) have the capability and readiness to strike immediately.” accurately.”

North Korea fired eight short-range ballistic missiles from multiple locations in the country in the waters east of the Korean Peninsula on Sunday, according to the Joint Chiefs of Staff, which described the actions as a “serious provocation that harms peace and stability not only in the region.” The Korean peninsula but also the international community.”

The missile exchange comes at a time when North Korea is intensifying its provocations in the region, amid growing concerns that Pyongyang is preparing for a nuclear test.
It also comes after he changed his tone toward North Korean aggression in Seoul, following the election of the new South Korean President Yoon Seok-yeol, who took office on May 10. – A departure from his predecessor, Moon Jae-in, who promoted dialogue and peaceful reconciliation.

The president vowed to respond “firmly and firmly” to North Korean provocations during a Memorial Day speech in South Korea on Monday.

North Korea’s launch on Sunday is its third missile test since the start of Yeon State and its 17th this year.

Pyongyang’s previous launch took place on May 25 while US President Joe Biden was returning to the United States after a trip to Asia. Biden’s trip included a stop in Seoul during which the US president and his South Korean counterpart agreed to start discussions about resuming and possibly expanding joint military exercises that had been halted under his predecessor, Donald Trump.

The United States and South Korea also launched missiles in response to a North Korean missile launch on May 25. Including Monday’s firing, South Korea has returned fire three times this year, after a hiatus since 2017.

On both sides, missile launches are seen as a show of force rather than specific targets. Usually the missiles land in the sea.

North Korea’s latest launch came a day after the South Korean and US navies concluded a three-day joint exercise in the waters off Japan’s Okinawa, the South Korean military confirmed to CNN.

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida also “strongly” protested the latest North Korean launch, telling reporters on Sunday that it was a clear violation of UN resolutions, while Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi called it “unprecedented” and confirmed at least six missiles, possibly more. Launched by North Korea fell outside Japan’s exclusive economic zone.

The US Indo-Pacific Command’s Public Affairs Department said the US Armed Forces and Japan’s Self-Defense Forces on Sunday conducted joint exercises after North Korea launched several missiles.

It said US and Japanese forces conducted “bilateral ballistic missile defense exercises” to “demonstrate the readiness of the US-Japan alliance to respond to regional threats.”

The Japanese Joint Chiefs of Staff said the exercise reaffirmed the readiness of both powers “which demonstrates the close cooperation between Japan and the United States in addressing the ballistic missile threat, and further strengthening the Japan-US alliance.”

CNN’s Blake Isig and Amy Jozuka in Tokyo contributed to this story.

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