North Korea fired missiles very near South Korea’s territorial waters. The Republic of Korea Government today strongly denounced North Korea's launching of its first missile into a region near South Korea’s territorial waters since the division of the Korean peninsula into the north and south since 1945.
In response to North Korea's ballistic missile launch, the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) of the Republic of Korea Army fired air-to-ground missiles into North Korean waters.
"The South Korean military fired precision air-to-ground missiles by South Korean Air Force forces in response to North Korea's short-range ballistic missile launch today," the JCS said.
"Three precision air-to-surface missiles of our Air Force F-15K and KF-16 were fired in the East Sea near the NLL that is located at the distance corresponding to the area where the North Korean missiles fell," it explained.
"The South Korean military's precision shooting demonstrated its willingness to respond firmly to any provocations, including short-range ballistic missiles, and its ability and readiness to precisely strike the enemy," the JCS said.
It also said, "As North Korea continues to provoke despite repeated warnings from the South Korean military, we once again clearly warn North Korea that it is entirely responsible for all subsequent events."
The JCS emphasized, "The military is maintaining full preparedness to ensure overwhelming victory at all times while tracking and monitoring related trends in preparation for further provocations by North Korea."
Earlier in the day, President Yoon Suk-yeol presided over an emergency National Security Council (NSC) and ordered a stern response, calling North Korea's provocations "an act of substantial territorial infringement."
The Joint Chiefs of Staff also said that North Korea's provocations are "very unusual and never acceptable," adding, "Our military vowed to respond firmly to them."
The North Korea's missile launch was reported this morning by the Korean-language daily, Chosun Ilbo, and many other news media in Korea.
Earlier today, North Korea launched at least three short-range ballistic missiles into the East Sea and one of them known to have frown across the maritime border line dividing the north and south of the Korean peninsula.
According to an announcement of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Republic of Korea Army, the missile firing is presumed to have been made from a site in the vicinity of the Wonsan City, a major port city on the east coast of North Korea.