According to the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the missiles were launched on Sunday between 9:08 a.m. and 9:43 a.m. local time in Seoul from multiple locations in North Korea in waters east of the Korean peninsula.
South Korea’s joint chiefs of staff said the eight missiles covered ranges of 110 to 670 kilometers (68 to 416 miles) at altitudes of 25 to 90 kilometers (15 to 55 miles) and speeds of Mach 3 to Mach 6.
They were launched from four locations in North Korea: the Sunan area in the capital Pyongyang, Kaechon in South Pyongan Province, Tongchang-ri in North Pyongan Province and Hamhung in South Hamgyong Province.
“North Korea’s continued ballistic missile launches are a serious provocation that damages the peace and stability of not only the Korean peninsula but also the international community,” said the joint chiefs of staff, condemning the North and urging such actions. to stop immediately”.
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida “protested vigorously” against North Korea’s multiple missile launches, telling reporters they are a clear violation of UN resolutions.
Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi called the launch “unprecedented” and confirmed that at least six, but possibly more, missiles fired by North Korea fell outside Japan’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).
“The extremely high number of launches from at least three locations in a short period of time is unprecedented,” he said, adding that missile launches that threaten international peace and security cannot be tolerated.
According to the Japanese Ministry of Defense, six of the missiles reached maximum altitudes of 50 to 100 kilometers (31 to 62 miles) and covered a distance of about 300 to 400 kilometers (186 to 249 miles).
Japan has formally protested North Korea’s latest actions through diplomatic channels with Beijing, Kishi said.
In response to Sunday’s launch, South Korea’s chief of national security, Kim Sung-han, held a meeting of the National Security Council’s standing committee and called repeated ballistic missile launches by the north “a challenge to the security posture” of the new administration, the presidential office said.
Sunday’s launch marks North Korea’s third missile test since new South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol took office on May 10.
Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Won In-choul and top ROK-US Combined Forces Command Commander Paul LaCamera also held a virtual meeting and confirmed their combined defense capability to immediately detect and intercept North Korean missiles.
The launch comes a day after the South Korean and United States navies completed a three-day combined exercise in Okinawa, Japan, the South Korean military confirmed to DailyExpertNews.
In a press release, the US Navy said it had deployed its nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan along with Carrier Strike Group 5.
Also involved in the exercise were the South Korean Navy’s ROKS Sejong The Great and the amphibious assault ship Marado, the US Navy said.