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US and South Korea launch 8 missiles in response to North Korean test

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Forças militares da Coreia do Sul e dos EUA lançaram os mísseis nas primeiras horas da manhã.
South Korean and US military forces launched the missiles in the early hours of the morning.| Photo: EFE

The United States and South Korea launched eight ballistic missiles into the Sea of ​​Japan (known as East Sea in both Koreas) this Monday (), in response to North Korea’s missile firing on Sunday.

Accordingly with the heads of the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS), quoted by the Yonhap news agency, military forces from both countries launched the Army’s Tactical Missile System at an interval of minutes in the early hours of the morning.

“The combined launch of surface-to-ground missiles from South Korea and the US showed the capability and poise to launch immediate precision strikes,” the JCS said. in a statement.

The South Korean Army said which “strongly condemns North Korea’s series of ballistic missile provocations and urges it seriously to immediately suspend acts that raise military tensions on the peninsula and heighten security concerns,” added the JCS.

The coordinated action by Seoul and Washington came a day after Pyongyang fired an identical number of short-range ballistic missiles from various locations on its own territory, in an apparent display of force after carrying out American and South Korean naval exercises near the peninsula where are the two Koreas.

A nuclear powered aircraft carrier was used during these exercises, something that has not happened since the end of

. North Korea held a record of 18 missile launches so far in

.

In the previous test, in

from May, the regime led by Kim Jong -un fired two short-range projectiles and an apparent intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) after more than four years. At the time, South Korea and the US also responded with a combined release.

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