People watch a television screen showing a news broadcast with file footage of a North Korean missile test, at a railway station in Seoul on May 25, 2022, after North Korea fired three ballistic missiles towards the Sea of Japan according to South Ko SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - South Korea's government says one of the three weapons North Korea launched Wednesday was a suspected intercontinental ballistic missile. South Korea's government says the launches are "a grave provocation" that threaten international peace.
It says North Korea will only face international isolation if it continues its provocation. North Korea's long-range missile program is aimed at obtaining the ability to launch nuclear strikes on the mainland U.S. South Korea's military earlier said North Korea fired three ballistic missiles off the North's east coast, resuming its weapons launches after about two weeks.
The launches came after President Joe Biden wrapped up his trip to Asia, where he reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to defend its allies in the face of the North's growing nuclear threat.The North's first missile launches also came as the country makes a much-disputed claim that its first domestic COVID-19 outbreak is weakening. South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement that all three missiles were fired from near Pyongyang and flew toward waters off the North's eastern coast one after another between 6 a.m.
and 7 a.m. on Wednesday (local time).It said South Korea subsequently boosted its surveillance posture and maintained a military readiness in close coordination with the United States.
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