Washington and Seoul made shows of force in response to Pyongyang’s latest missile test
FILE PHOTO: A US MGM-140 Army Tactical Missile is fired from a M270 Multiple Launch Rocket System into the East Sea off South Korea, July 5, 2017. © US Army / Staff Sgt. Sinthia Rosario
The United States and South Korea mobilized warplanes and fired off several surface-to-surface missiles following the latest weapons test by the North, which saw three projectiles launched into the ocean.
Seoul’s military mobilized around 30 F-15 fighter jets and fired a Hyunmoo-II missile into the East Sea, its Joint Chiefs of Staff said, as cited by Yonhap, while US forces shot a MGM-140 Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) in the same direction, both in retaliation to Pyongyang’s series of missile tests on Wednesday morning.
South Korea’s Joint Chiefs also admitted that a similar ‘Elephant Walk’ exercise involving a number of newer F-35 fighters was conducted the day before Pyongyang’s latest test to “deter ballistic missile provocations.”