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N. Korea launches 3 ballistic missiles toward East Sea; involving apparent ICBM Updated: 2022-05-25 11:46:32 KST

We start with news of North Korea's latest show of military might on this Wednesday which marks the 17th time this year that the regime has engaged in flagrant acts of provocation.
I have our Defense Ministry correspondent Bae Eun-ji standing by LIVE on the LINE.
Eun-ji I understand the launches early this morning involved an apparent inter-continental ballistic missile?

That's right, Sunny.
The North fired what appears to have been an ICBM at 6AM this morning.
Then about 30 minutes later, at 6:37AM the regime fired another.
And then there was a third launch, which was likely a short-range missile fired about 5 minutes later, at 6:42 AM.
All three missiles were fired from the Sunan area in the North's capital city of Pyeongyang.
South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said the suspected ICBM flew 360 kilometers at an altitude of up to 540 kilometers.
The missile was reportedly the North's Hwasong-17 ICBM and it flew at almost 9 times the speed of sound.
As for the second missile, it was launched, but was no longer detected, soon after it was fired.
South Korea's military said further research is needed to see if it failed.
The last missile flew 760 kilometers.
Today's missiles were launched a day after Biden left Japan, where he wrapped up his trip to Asia.
And it came just four days after his summit with President Yoon Suk-yeol in Seoul.
Over the weekend, Biden and Yoon said they would consider expanding joint military drills, to deter threats from North Korea.

And what was South Korea's immediate response Eun-ji?

In response, South Korea and the U.S. jointly fired surface-to-surface missiles toward the East Sea, to deter further threats.
This involved one of South Korea's Hyunmoo-II missiles, and one U.S. ATACMS or Army Tactical Missile System.
Seoul's military said this clearly showed that South Korea has the willingness to sternly respond to any kind of provocations from the North,.. as well as its capability to precisely hit targets.
Because the North had recently been showing signs of a ballistic missile test, a day before the launch, the South Korean military staged a military exercise that involved taxiing warplanes.
This kind of drill is also known as an "Elephant Walk".
30 of South Korea's F-15K aircraft taxied in a formation on Tuesday, along an airfield to check their readiness.
That's all I have for now at this hour.
Back to you, Sunny.
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