A day after North Korea’s missile test, the US and South Korea fired their own missiles into the region in a joint exercise. The South Korean military said Tuesday through Wednesday.
These are four US-made ATACMS short-range ballistic missiles and one South Korean Hyunmoo-2 missile. All five were shot down towards the Sea of Japan. The South Korean missile crashed shortly after launch and there were no casualties, the military said.
This was in response to North Korea’s launch of an intermediate-range missile on Tuesday. The missile flew over Japan and fell into the Pacific Ocean. It was the first time in nearly five years that a North Korean missile had flown over the Japanese archipelago. Residents of northern Japan were called to cover by air raid sirens.
A UN resolution prohibits North Korea from testing nuclear-capable missiles. South Korea and the US have already held military exercises in response to North Korea’s missile launch. They were carried out by eight fighters, four from two countries.
According to the South Korean military, they fired on “a virtual enemy” in the Yellow Sea west of the Korean Peninsula. The militaries wanted to demonstrate that they could “resolutely respond” to North Korea’s provocations.
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