DPRK Launches 2 Scuds, 1 Rodong Ballistic Missiles In Reply To South’s THAAD Deployment

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DPRK Launches 2 Scuds, 1 Rodong Ballistic Missiles In Reply To South’s THAAD Deployment
Hwasong-6 Scud C short range ballistic missile

North Korea launched two short-range Scud missiles and one Rodong intermediate-range missile Tuesday in response to Seoul-Washington’s decision to deploy Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) to South Korea.

"U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) systems detected and tracked what we assess were three North Korean missile launches," the command was quoted as saying by Yonhap in a statement Tuesday. "The near back-to-back launch of two presumed Scud tactical ballistic missiles, followed by the presumed launch of a No Dong (Rodong) intermediate-range ballistic missile approximately an hour later, occurred near Hwangju."

The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) determined the missile launches from North Korea did not pose a threat to North America, the statement said.

The Defense Department condemned the launches.

"We strongly condemn this and North Korea's other recent missile tests, which violate U.N. Security Council Resolutions explicitly prohibiting North Korea's launches using ballistic missile technology," said Cmdr. Gary Ross, a Pentagon spokesman.

These provocations only serve to increase the international community's resolve to counter the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)'s prohibited activities, including through implementing existing U.N. Security Council sanctions, the official said, adding that multiple solutions require the North to suspend all ballistic missile activities.

"We intend to raise our concerns at the U.N. to bolster international resolve in holding the DPRK accountable for these provocative actions," Ross said.

The U.S.' commitment to the defense of South Korea and Japan "remains ironclad," he said.

"We call on North Korea to refrain from actions that further raise tensions in the region and focus instead on taking concrete steps toward fulfilling its commitments and international obligations," he said.


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