North Korea Conducts Live-Fire Rocket Artillery Exercises

South Korea said North Korea appeared to have conducted live-fire artillery exercises on Sunday.

South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said its military forces detected multiple rocket launches suspected to have come from North Korea around 06:21 to 06:37 p.m.

The suspected launches occurred after the United States sent fighter jets to South Korea for a 10-day joint drill. 

Seoul’s defense minister said the deployment of American fighter jets shows “the strong deterrence and combined defense posture of the South Korea-U.S. alliance.”

The Joint Chiefs of Staff said its military had heightened security after the incident.

“Our military has strengthened surveillance and vigilance and maintained a thorough readiness posture while keeping close US-South Korea cooperation,” it said.

In June, South Korean officials met with the US and Japanese officials amid North Korea’s possible nuclear test.

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