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Seoul says North Korea has fired 3 missiles into sea

  • South Korean protesters hold signs during a rally denouncing a plan to deploy an advanced U.S. missile defense system called Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, near U.S. Embassy in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, July 19, 2016. North Korea on Tuesday fired three ballistic missiles into its eastern sea in an apparent protest of South Korea's decision to allow the deployment of an advanced U.S. missile defense system in the country, Seoul officials said. The letters read "Stop, to deploy the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD." (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

    South Korean protesters hold signs during a rally denouncing a plan to deploy an advanced U.S. missile defense system called Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, near U.S. Embassy in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, July 19, 2016. North Korea on Tuesday fired three ballistic missiles into its eastern sea in an apparent protest of South Korea's decision to allow the deployment of an advanced U.S. missile defense system in the country, Seoul officials said. The letters read "Stop, to deploy the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD." (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)  (The Associated Press)

  • South Korean protesters hold signs during a rally denouncing a plan to deploy an advanced U.S. missile defense system called Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, near U.S. Embassy in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, July 19, 2016. North Korea on Tuesday fired three ballistic missiles into its eastern sea in an apparent protest of South Korea's decision to allow the deployment of an advanced U.S. missile defense system in the country, Seoul officials said. The letters read "Stop, to deploy the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD." (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

    South Korean protesters hold signs during a rally denouncing a plan to deploy an advanced U.S. missile defense system called Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, near U.S. Embassy in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, July 19, 2016. North Korea on Tuesday fired three ballistic missiles into its eastern sea in an apparent protest of South Korea's decision to allow the deployment of an advanced U.S. missile defense system in the country, Seoul officials said. The letters read "Stop, to deploy the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD." (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)  (The Associated Press)

  • A man holds a banner during a rally denouncing a plan to deploy an advanced U.S. missile defense system called Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, near U.S. Embassy in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, July 19, 2016. North Korea on Tuesday fired three ballistic missiles into its eastern sea in an apparent protest of South Korea's decision to allow the deployment of an advanced U.S. missile defense system in the country, Seoul officials said. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

    A man holds a banner during a rally denouncing a plan to deploy an advanced U.S. missile defense system called Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, near U.S. Embassy in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, July 19, 2016. North Korea on Tuesday fired three ballistic missiles into its eastern sea in an apparent protest of South Korea's decision to allow the deployment of an advanced U.S. missile defense system in the country, Seoul officials said. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)  (The Associated Press)

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 500 to 600 kilometers (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.