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S. Korea holds missile exercise against N. Korea's provocation

All Headlines 05:31 November 29, 2017

SEOUL, Nov. 29 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's military said Wednesday it conducted live-fire missile training on Wednesday near the eastern sea border with North Korea minutes after its ballistic missile launch.

The South's Army, Navy and Air Force staged the 20-minute combined drill close to the Northern Limit Line in the East Sea from 3:23 a.m. according to the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS).

It involved the Army's missile unit, the Navy's Aegis ship and the Air Force's KF-16 fighter jet, each firing a missile at a simulated target set in consideration of the distance to the site where the North's shot the ballistic missile.

The North launched it from the vicinity of Pyongsong, just north of Pyongyang.

The South's armed forces responded with the three missiles -- Hyunmoo-II, Haesong-II and SPICE-2000, which hit the target simultaneously, added the JCS.

The quick military response came as the military closely monitored the North's provocation, it said.

"Our military is keeping a eye on North Korea's military activities 24 hours," it said. "It shows our resolve and ability to strike the origin of provocation and core facilities with precision anytime on the ground, at sea and in the air."

lcd@yna.co.kr
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