On the morning of July 19, North Korea fired three Scud tactical ballistic missiles into the sea off its east coast. According to the ROK Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS), the missiles were launched from the Hwangju region in North Hwanghae Province around 6:40 a.m. It turned out that the missiles flew between 500 and 600 km (300-360 miles) into the sea off its east coast.
The JCS warned, “The ballistic missiles have a long enough range to hit anywhere in South Korea, including Busan.” A ballistic missile is a missile that is lifted into space by a booster rocket and then descends towards its target in a parabolic free-fall trajectory. According to some observers, North Korea appeared to have launched advanced Scud missiles from a mobile launcher at a missile base in Hwangju, North Hwanghae Province.
The South Korean military described this as an armed protest against the decision to deploy the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD).
THAAD’s radar can detect targets in North Korea and some parts of China. The Artillery Bureau of the General Staff of the Korean People’s Army (KPA) declared in a strong warning, “The DPRK will take a physical counter-action to thoroughly control THAAD, aggression means of the U.S. for world domination, from the moment its location and place have been confirmed in South Korea.” The armed protest which North Korea launched that day came eight days after it warned of a “physical counter-action.”
Our army keeps a close watch on North Korearn military movement, taking into account the possibility that North Korea will continue to launch an armed protest. It turns out that the South Korean military is also on high alert for North Korea’s possible fifth nuclear test.