South Korea launches missiles in response to North’s test — Analysis

Seoul’s military fires projectiles from the ground, sea, and air in a show of force

According to Yonhap News Agency, the South Korean military tested missiles on ground and sea platforms as a response to North Korea’s apparent test of an intercontinental missile.

According to the Joint Chiefs of Staff, “The joint test included a Hyunmoo-II domestic surface-to-surface rocket, a US-made MGM-140 ATACMS missile surface-to-surface, and a Haeseong-II cruise missile ship-launched by Haeseong-II air-launched precision-guided munitions equipped with JDAM,” the agency stated.

The launches were meant to confirm Seoul’s “capability and readiness to strike”The JCS stated in a statement that North Korean missile launch locations and command-and control facilities were included.

“Our military has raised surveillance and vigilance in preparation for additional launches by the North Korean military,”According to the statement, South Korea cooperates with the US regarding the matter.

North Korea launches suspected ballistic missile

An unidentified projectile was used in the North Korean test that took place earlier today. Japan says it was found in the country’s territorial waters, just off the coast from the northern Aomori Prefecture.

The missile could be the Hwasong-17, the largest ICBM in North Korea’s arsenal. Moon Jae In, South Korea’s President at the time, has condemned the test as violating the 2017 Pyongyang moratorium.

Moon will be replaced in May by Yoon Suk-yeol (PPP), who is serving a five year term. Unlike Moon’s Democratic Party of Korea, the conservative PPP traditionally holds a more hawkish stance in relations with North Korea.

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