South Korean Forces Conduct ‘Precision Strike’ Drill After North Fires Off A Missile

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Ryan Pickrell China/Asia Pacific Reporter

All three branches of the South Korean military demonstrated Wednesday its ability to respond with force to North Korean provocations.

The South Korean military conducted a “precision strike” missile drill in response to North Korea’s launch of a ballistic missile from a location near its capital, according to South Korea’s Yonhap Agency. After more than two months without a provocation, North Korea broke its silence with a Wednesday morning missile launch. The South Korean military reaction was almost immediate.

The live-fire exercise was carried out within minutes of North Korea’s test of a suspected intercontinental ballistic missile, according to Yonhap News Agency. The South Korean Army, Navy, and Air Force opened fire near the Northern Limit Line in the East Sea/Sea of Japan.

A South Korean Army’s missile unit, a Navy Aegis ship, and an Air Force KF-16 fighter jet fired three missiles — Hyunmoo-II, Haesong-II, and SPICE-2000. All three missiles struck the simulated target simultaneously.

“Our military is keeping a eye on North Korea’s military activities 24 hours,” the South Korean military told reporters, “It shows our resolve and ability to strike the origin of provocation and core facilities with precision anytime on the ground, at sea and in the air.”

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