South Korea: North Korea launched 8 missiles

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South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff announced that North Korea launched 8 short-range ballistic missiles eastward toward the sea on Sunday from 9:08 a.m. to 9:43 a.m.

South Korea said it would call an emergency national security meeting.

Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio condemned Pyongyang’s latest move.

He said: “North Korea has repeatedly launched ballistic missiles, including new ICBMs, with high frequency since the beginning of this year. A series of North Korean actions threaten the peace and stability of the region and the international community, and cannot be tolerated. “

North Korea has launched 17 missiles this year. Kishida added that he had already lodged a protest with Pyongyang.

South Korea says the missiles were fired from multiple locations, including Sunan, North Korea.

Japan’s prime minister says the missiles apparently fell into the Sea of ​​Japan, outside the country’s exclusive economic zone.

The South Korean and American military just wrapped up a three-day joint exercise on Saturday. It was the first time in 4 years and 7 months that they had used a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier in a joint exercise.

The launch of the missile is believed to be part of North Korea’s response to the exercise as well as close collaboration between the United States, Japan and South Korea.

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