S.Korea: N.Korea launched 8 missiles

South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff announced that North Korea launched 8 short-range ballistic missiles eastward toward the sea on Sunday from 9:08 am to 9:43 am.

South Korea said it will convene an emergency national security meeting.

Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio condemned Pyongyang's latest move.

He said, "North Korea has repeatedly launched ballistic missiles, including new ICBMs, at high frequency since the beginning of this year. A series of North Korean actions threaten the peace and stability of the region and the international community, and cannot be tolerated."

North Korea has launched missiles 17 times this year. Kishida added he has already lodged a protest with Pyongyang.

South Korea says the missiles were fired from several locations including Sunan, North Korea.

The Japanese prime minister says the missiles apparently fell into the Sea of Japan, outside the country's exclusive economic zone.

The South Korean and the US military have just concluded a three-day joint drill on Saturday. It was the first time in 4 years and 7 months that they used a nuclear powered aircraft carrier in a joint drill.

The missile launch is believed to be part of North Korea's reaction to the drill as well as to the close collaboration of the US, Japan and South Korea.