North Korea

Seoul says North Korea has fired 3 missiles into sea

In this May 8, 2016, photo taken and distributed by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un speaks during the party congress in Pyongyang, North Korea. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)  JAPAN OUT UNTIL 14 DAYS AFTER THE DAY OF TRANSMISSION (KCNA via KNS)

In this May 8, 2016, photo taken and distributed by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un speaks during the party congress in Pyongyang, North Korea. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP) JAPAN OUT UNTIL 14 DAYS AFTER THE DAY OF TRANSMISSION (KCNA via KNS)  (KCNA via KNS)

South Korea says North Korea has fired three ballistic missiles into its eastern sea, eight days after Pyongyang warned of a "physical counter-action" against the South over its decision to deploy an advanced missile defense system to better cope with North Korean threats.

Seoul's Joint Chiefs of Staff said Tuesday that the short-range ballistic missiles were launched from inland between 5:45 a.m. and 6:40 a.m. and flew about 311 to 373 miles before crashing into the sea, displaying a sufficient range to target the southern part of South Korea, where Seoul and Washington have decided to station the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, system.

Seoul and Washington started talks on THAAD deployment after North Korea conducted a fourth nuclear test and a long-range rocket launch earlier this year.