ROK: DPRK fired 3 ballistic missiles into eastern waters

In this file photo on March 16, 2022, people watch a television screen showing a news broadcast with file footage of a DPRK missile test at a railway station in Seoul. (JUNG YEON-JE / AFP)

SEOUL – The Democratic People's Republic of Korea fired three short-range ballistic missiles into its eastern waters, the Republic of Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said Thursday.

The JCS said in a statement that it detected the missiles, which were launched into the eastern waters from the Sunan area in Pyongyang at about 6:29 pm local time (0929 GMT).

The JCS noted that ROK was maintaining a full readiness posture in close cooperation with the United States while strengthening surveillance and vigilance.

The DPRK testfire came five days after the ROK said the DPRK launched one short-range ballistic missile, presumed to be a submarine-launched ballistic missile, off its east coast.

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