S.Korea Responds Immediately to N.Korea's Missile Launch

      November 30, 2017 09:33

      The South Korean military staged a live-fire drill of short-range missiles only six minutes after North Korea's latest ballistic missile launch on Wednesday. 

      A Haeseong-2 missile is being fired from an Aegis destroyer in the East Sea on Wednesday. /Courtesy of the Navy

      According to the Joint Chiefs of Staff here, an Aegis destroyer and KF-16 fighter jets simultaneously fired a Haeseong-2 ship-to-ground missile, a Hyunmu-2 ground-to-ground missile, and a SPICE-2000 air-to-ground missile at a target.

      The U.S. also kept B-1B Lancer strategic bombers on standby over the East Sea ahead of the missile launch.

      The quick response was possible because Seoul had already detected signs of North Korea's impending launch through close cooperation with Washington and Tokyo.

      Cheong Wa Dae said President Moon Jae-in had already authorized the JCS chairman on Monday morning to fire missiles in response.

      Moon was briefed on the North Korean missile launch within two minutes in the early hours of Wednesday and called a full meeting of the National Security Council at 6 a.m. 

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