North Korea has reportedly test-fired three short-range ballistic missiles in a show of force in response to the decision between South Korea and the United States to deploy Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) in Seoul.
South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said North Korea fired off three ballistic missiles, which were believed to have been a Scud-C type, from the western region of Hwangju in North Hwanghae province between 5.45 a.m. and 6.05 a.m., a news agency reported.
According to another news agency, the missiles were directed toward the East Sea, travelling about 500 to 600 km, a flight enough to cover the entire South Korean territory.
It marked the first time since March that Pyongyang launched Scud-type missiles.
The test-launch came six days after Seoul and Washington agreed to deploy a THAAD battery to Seongju county by the end of next year.
The North Korean military had threatened to take “physical measures” against THAAD when the deployment site is determined.
THAAD is an advanced US missile defence system designed to shoot down missiles at a relatively high altitude of 40-150 km using a hit-to-kill technology. North Korea’s short-range missiles are known to fly at a lower altitude of about 20 km, incapable of being intercepted by THAAD missiles.