Seoul’s military said that in response to North Korea’s weapons tests, the United States and South Korea fired eight ballistic missiles at 4:45 a.m. Monday (1945 GMT Sunday).
Citing the South Korean military, Yonhap news agency reported that the action is a demonstration of “the ability and the will to carry out a precision strike” against North Korea.
It comes after North Korea launched eight short-range ballistic missiles into the sea off its east coast on Sunday following a joint South Korea-US military exercise involving a US aircraft carrier.
South Korea’s military said in a statement, “Our military strongly condemns the North’s series of ballistic missile provocations and sternly urges it to immediately stop acts that increase military tensions on the peninsula.”
Despite crippling economic sanctions, Pyongyang has doubled down on upgrading its weapons program this year.
As officials and analysts warn the regime is preparing for another nuclear test, hawkish new South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol has pledged a tougher stance against Pyongyang’s provocations.
After US President Joe Biden completed his trip to Asia last month, North Korea fired three missiles, including one believed to be its largest ICBM, the Hwasong-17.
As a result, Washington imposed sanctions on several South Korean officials associated with the launch after a UN resolution failed due to Chinese and Russian opposition to the suggestion.
(With agency contributions)
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