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US and S Korea fire 4 missiles into Sea in response to North Korea test

Seoul: On Wednesday, South Korean said that South Korean and US forces fired several missiles at sea in response to North Korea's ballistic missiles fired at Japan. Nuclear-armed North Korea on Tuesday fired a medium-range ballistic missile over Japan for the first time in five years, prompting Tokyo to issue an alert for some of its residents to get out and stay alert.

By Priyanka Verma 
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Seoul: On Wednesday, South Korean said that South Korean and US forces fired several missiles at sea in response to North Korea’s ballistic missiles fired at Japan. Nuclear-armed North Korea on Tuesday fired a medium-range ballistic missile over Japan for the first time in five years, prompting Tokyo to issue an alert for some of its residents to get out and stay alert.

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South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said that South Korea and the United States each fired two Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) missiles that hit counterfeit targets. Seoul’s military said South Korea and the United States responded by firing surface-to-surface missiles into the East Sea, also known as the Sea of ​​Japan.

A statement said the exercise “showed an ability and readiness to neutralize the origins of provocations while maintaining a constant surveillance posture.” The military separately confirmed that a South Korean Hyunmoo-2 missile failed shortly after launch and crashed, but caused no casualties.

South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol called the North Korean launch a “provocation”, and vowed a “stern response”. The United States asked the U.N. Security Council to meet on North Korea on Wednesday but diplomats said China and Russia are opposed to a public discussion by the 15-member body.On Tuesday, South Korean and US fighter jets had carried out a bombing drill at a target in the Yellow Sea.

South Korean and US officials have been warning for months that Kim is preparing to conduct another nuclear test, saying last week that this could happen soon after Pyongyang’s key ally China holds a Communist Party congress from October 16. The last time Pyongyang fired a missile over Japan was in 2017, at the height of a period of “fire and fury” when North Korean leader Kim Jong Un traded insults with then-president Donald Trump of the United States.

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