US fires missiles in threatening response to North Korea’s dire missile tests – World News

South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol said Monday North Korea’s missile and nuclear weapons programs have reached levels where they pose a threat to regional and world peace

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South Korea and the United States have launched eight surface-to-surface missiles in response to North Korea firing a barrage of short-range ballistic missiles on Sunday, a Defense Department official said.

The South Korean news agency Yonhap quoted the military as saying that the action was a demonstration of the “ability and willingness to carry out a precision strike” against Kim Jong-un’s nation.

South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol, who took office last month, has vowed to take a tougher line against the north and agreed with US President Joe Biden at a summit in Seoul in May to end the joint military drills and improve their combined deterrent attitude.

The militaries of South Korea and the United States fired eight surface-to-surface missiles over a period of about 10 minutes at 4:45 a.m. local time Monday in response to the eight missiles fired by the North on Sunday, Yonhap reported.

A South Korean Defense Ministry official confirmed that eight Army Tactical Missile Systems (ATACMS) had been launched.







South Korea and the United States have launched eight surface-to-surface missiles
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Kim Jong-un’s short-range ballistic missiles, launched at sea off his east coast on Sunday, were likely the single largest test and came a day after South Korea and the United States ended joint military exercises.

The bilateral exercises between South Korea and the United States involved an American aircraft carrier for the first time in more than four years.

Japan and the United States also held a joint military exercise on Sunday in response to North Korea’s recent missile tests.







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North Korea, which has been battling its first known outbreak of Covid-19 for several weeks, has slammed previous joint drills as an example of Washington’s continued “hostile policy” toward Pyongyang, though it speaks of diplomacy.

The hermit nation has conducted a string of missile launches this year, from hypersonic weapons to tests of its largest ICBMs, for the first time in nearly five years.

Yonhap, citing an unidentified source, said the north’s salvo was launched from four locations on Sunday, including Sunan in the capital Pyongyang.







The US and South Korea conducted the test in response to North Korea’s attacks on Sunday
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North Korea continued its recent trend of not covering missile launches in state media, which some analysts say shows they are doing it as part of routine military exercises.

Washington and Seoul officials also recently warned that North Korea appears ready to resume nuclear weapons testing for the first time since 2017.

Last month, North Korea fired three missiles, including one believed to be its largest ICBM, the Hwasong-17, after Biden ended a trip to Asia during which he agreed to new measures to deter the nuclear-armed state.







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Also in response to these tests, the combined forces of South Korea and the United States fired missiles that the two allies say violate UN Security Council resolutions.

Last month, the United States called for further UN sanctions against North Korea over its ballistic missile launches.

But China and Russia vetoed the proposal, publicly splitting the UN Security Council over North Korea for the first time since it began punishing it in 2006, when North Korea conducted its first nuclear test.

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