Date
27 March 2017
Arailway passenger walks past a TV screen in Seoul broadcasting North Korea's submarine-launched ballistic missile earlier this month. Photo: Reuters
Arailway passenger walks past a TV screen in Seoul broadcasting North Korea's submarine-launched ballistic missile earlier this month. Photo: Reuters

North Korea fires three ballistic missiles

North Korea fired three ballistic missiles 600 kilometers into the sea off its east coast early Tuesday.

The missiles were launched from the North’s western region called Hwangju, Reuters reports, citing South Korean military officials.

“The ballistic missiles flight went from 500 kilometers to 600 kilometers, which is a distance far enough to strike all of South Korea including Busan,” the South’s military said in a statement.

Busan is a South Korean port city in the south.

North Korea has test-fired a series of ballistic missiles in recent months including an intermediate-range missile in June and a submarine-launched missile this month.

Tuesday’s launch came days after South Korea and the United States announced a final decision this month to deploy the Terminal High Altitude Area Defence anti-missile system in the South to counter threats from the North.

North Korea’s military has threatened to retaliate against the deployment of the system with a “physical response” once its location and time of installation were decided.

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