KOREA — The United States and South Korea fired four missiles off the east coast of the Korean peninsula on Wednesday morning local time, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said.
The test was the second Allied exercise in less than 24 hours after a provocative test launch Tuesday morning by neighboring North Korea, which fired a ballistic missile over Japan without warning in a major escalation of its weapons testing program.
The US and South Korea first responded to the provocation with a precision bombing exercise on Tuesday, during which a South Korean F-15K fighter jet fired two air-to-surface munitions at a virtual target at a firing range west of the Korean peninsula. per the South Korean Joint Chiefs.
Allies typically respond to North Korean missile tests with military exercises.
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Wednesday’s launch included four ATACMS missiles, the South Korean Joint Chiefs statement said. Also known as Army Tactical Missile Systems, such weapons are surface-to-surface missiles that can fly around 200 miles.
According to John Kirby, the National Security Council’s coordinator for strategic communications, the launch was intended to demonstrate that the US and its allies “have the military capabilities ready to respond to Northern provocations.”
“This isn’t the first time we’ve done this in response to Northern provocations, to ensure we can demonstrate our own capabilities,” Kirby told CNN’s Pamela Brown on The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer.
“We want to see the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, (North Korean leader Kim Jong Un) has shown no inclination to move in that direction, quite frankly he is moving in the opposite direction by continuing to conduct these missile tests which are violations of Security Council resolutions,” he added.
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