Seoul says North Korea has fired 3 missiles into sea

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SEOUL, South Korea – South Korea says North Korea has fired three ballistic missiles into its eastern sea, eight days after Pyongyang warned of a “physical counter-action” against the South over its decision to deploy an advanced missile defense system to better cope with North Korean threats.

Seoul’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said Tuesday that the short-range ballistic missiles were launched from inland between 5:45 a.m. and 6:40 a.m. and flew about 500 to 600 kilometers (311 to 373 miles) before crashing into the sea, displaying a sufficient range to target the southern part of South Korea, where Seoul and Washington have decided to station the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, system.

Seoul and Washington started talks on THAAD deployment after North Korea conducted a fourth nuclear test and a long-range rocket launch earlier this year. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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