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armed forces of south korea said on Sunday that he had found the trajectories of shots that appeared to have been fired by North Korea, possibly from multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS).
The South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff announced that the shots were detected after 6:00 p.m. and that the military stepped up surveillance and alert levels, without mentioning any further response.
North Korea often tests MLRs during military exercises, and in recent years has also developed larger versions of such missiles. Smaller rockets and projectiles are considered central to North Korea’s plans to strike targets in South Korea in the event of a conflict.
North Korea has tested a range of missiles this year, from its largest intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) to its small MLRS. All are banned by UN Security Council resolutions imposing sanctions on North Korea’s missile development.
South Korea is developing a $2.6 billion artillery interception system similar to Israel’s Iron Dome, designed to protect against the North Korean arsenal long-range guns and missiles.
Much of the territory surrounding the capital Seoul is home to about half of its 52 million people and is within range of North Korean long-range guns and multiple launch rocket systems.
United States stationing about 28,500 troops in South Korea, where they train alongside South Korean forces to counter the North. The allies conducted their own missile exercises in response to some of North Korea’s earlier launches.