South Korea, U.S. Fire Eight Missiles to Sea in Show of Force Against North Korea

South Korea and the United States fired eight ballistic missiles into the East Sea on June 6 in a show of firepower against North Korea.

South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said that the allies launched eight surface-to-surface missiles from an eastern coastal region in Gangwon Province starting at 4:45 a.m. local time for about 10 minutes, according to Yonhap News Agency.

In a statement, U.S. Forces Korea said that the exercise used one U.S. Army missile and seven South Korean Army missiles.

The combined launch “demonstrated the capability and posture to launch immediate precision strikes on the origins of provocations and their command and support forces,” JCS said in a separate statement.

The missile launch comes a day after North Korea fired eight short-range ballistic missiles from four different locations into the East Sea, following a joint South Korea-U.S. naval exercise in the Philippine sea.

The naval exercise was apparently the first joint drill involving an aircraft carrier since November 2017.

South Korean officials have warned that North Korean military provocations will be met with “corresponding” reactions.

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