The United States and South Korea fired eight missiles from four different locations in the Eastern Sea during a test Monday morning, Yonhap reported.
The military tests were conducted after the South Korean military reported further North Korean short-range missile launches on June 5, according to Yonhap, a Korean news agency. The U.S. fired one missile, and South Korean forces launched seven, Yonhap reported. Pyongyang has yet to respond.
North Korea has repeatedly fired missiles into the East Sea throughout 2022. The U.S. Department of Defense labeled North Korea’s actions as threatening “the peace and stability of the Korean peninsula and the Indo-Pacific region,” Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby said, after a missile launch in early May.
Several other countries, including Germany and the United Kingdom, also condemned North Korean military testing in the East Sea. The ministers of the G7 countries recognized North Korea’s actions as “further blatant violation of relevant UN Security Council resolutions” and expressed their concern for international peace and security after North Korea launched an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile on May 25.
The North Korean military conducted an unprecedented amount of missile testing in 2022 with 18 recorded instances, Politico reported. This recent testing also includes the country’s first Intercontinental Ballistic Missile since 2017. (RELATED: North Korea Launches Missiles For Third Time In A Month)
The U.S. reiterated its commitment to the alliance and its importance for regional peace during a Friday meeting between the South Korean Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the commander of the United States Indo-Pacific Command.