North Korea launched 4 missiles in response to US military exercise with South Korea

After North Korea launched four ballistic missiles toward Japan, Pyongyang clarified that this action was a response to the U.S. Army’s joint military exercise with South Korea. Following the missile launch, the U.S. deployed an advanced anti-missile defense system battery to South Korea.
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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un supervised the launch of four ballistic missiles that landed north of Japan on Monday. North Korean media outlets confirmed that the launch was a show of force after the U.S. Army conducted a joint military exercise with South Korea.

The launch of the four ballistic missiles angered South Korea, Pyongyang’s main target, and Japan. The two countries said that the missile launch is part of Pyongyang’s preparations for war. According to North Korea's official state news agency KCNA, the military unit that conducted the missile launch was instructed to target “the bases of the U.S. imperialist aggressor forces in Japan.”

In light of the launch, the U.S. and Japan demanded that the U.N. Security Council convene in order to discuss the matter. The launch was conducted during Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s official visit to Washington. Abe and U.S. President Donald Trump discussed the importance of the alliance between the two countries and condemned the North Korean missile launch. Shortly thereafter, it was reported that the U.S. started to deploy a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-missile system battery to South Korea.

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