North Korea launches 3 ballistic missiles off its east coast

July 19, 2016 11:00 am

A test launch of ground-to-ground
medium long-range ballistic missile can be seen in this undated photo
released by North ’s Korean Central Agency (KCNA) on June 23,
2016. (Reuters)

North
Korea has launched three ballistic missiles just over a week after
threatening a physical response to the US’s deployment of a missile
system in the South.

“The
ballistic missiles flight went from 500 kilometers to 600 kilometers,
which is a distance far enough to strike all of South Korea including
Busan,” said South Korea’s military in a statement released shortly
after the early Tuesday launch.
It noted that the missiles, believed to be SCUDs, were fired from an area in the North’s western region into the Sea of Japan.
South Korea’s Ministry of Unification recently warned that Pyongyang was “fully prepared” to carry out a fifth nuclear test.  
Last
week, the North threatened a “physical response” to the US’s deployment
of the sophisticated THAAD missile system in the Korean Peninsula. 

This
US Department of Defense/Missile Defense Agency handout photo shows a
terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) interceptor launching from a
THAAD battery located on Wake Island, in the western Pacific Ocean on
November 1, 2015. (AFP)

“There
will be physical response measures from us as soon as the location and
time that the invasionary tool for US world supremacy, THAAD, will be
brought into South Korea are confirmed,” read a statement released by
Pyongyang at the time.
Tensions
have been flaring in the region since January, when said it
had successfully detonated a hydrogen bomb, its fourth nuclear test, and
vowed to build up its nuclear program as deterrence against potential
aggression from the US and its regional allies.    
A
month later, Pyongyang launched a long-range rocket which it said
placed an earth observation satellite into orbit. However, Washington
and Seoul denounced it as a cover for an intercontinental ballistic
missile test.​

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