North Korea fires 3 ballistic missiles, South Korea says

By KJ Kwon

SEOUL, South Korea (CNN) -- North Korea fired three ballistic missiles off its eastern coast Tuesday morning, according to the South Korean military.

The missiles, launched between 5:45 a.m. and 6:40 a.m. local time, were fired from North Hwanghae province in the western part of North Korea and traveled between 500 and 600 kilometers (between 310 and 370 miles), according to a statement from the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff.

The statement noted that this range encompasses all areas of South Korea, including the seaport of Busan at South Korea's southern tip.

The missile test comes six days after South Korea announced it will deploy the advanced U.S THAAD missile defense system at Seongju County, about 250 kilometers (155 miles) southeast of Seoul.

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