South Korea fires ballistic missiles in show of force against the North

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South Korea has fired ballistic missiles into waters off its eastern coast in a show of force against the North, less than 24 hours after North Korea carried out its sixth and most advanced nuclear test to date.

During a drill on early Monday, South Korean forces simulated a missile attack against the Punggye-ri nuclear test site in North Korea’s northeastern region, where all of the country’s nuclear tests have taken place.

Multiple ballistic missiles – including Hyunmoo surface-to-surface missiles and long-range air-to-ground missiles fired by F-15K fighter jets – were fired at designated targets in waters off South Korea. The targets were set in consideration to the distance to North Korea’s nuclear test site.

U.S. forces, which have in the past participated in similar exercises, did not take part in Monday’s drill.

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