North Korea has yet again added fuel to the fire by continuing its missile tests. Pyongyang reportedly fired eight short-range ballistic missiles toward its eastern coast last Sunday. This comes a day after the United States and South Korea ended their joint military drills.

According to South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, some eight missiles were fired off from the Sunan area of Pyongyang, the North Korean capital. The South Korean officials stated that these missiles flew at 70 to 370 miles (110km to 60km) with an altitude between 82,000 feet to 295,276 feet.

South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol called upon the National Security Council (NSC) for a meeting. Here, they concluded that the recent missile launch was a “test and challenge” attempt from the DPRK, seemingly wanting to get a feel for the security and readiness of South Korea to respond to a missile launch. And it notably did launch a missile launch in return, with Yoon ordering an  “expanded deterrence of South Korea and the United States and continued reinforcement of united defense posture.”

“We will make sure there isn’t a single crack in protecting the lives and property of our people,” he said.

South Korea and the US launched eight missiles on Monday as a response to the North Korean missile volley. This move is to posture to the North that the US and South Korea can readily retaliate if the North does fire a missile directly at Seoul.