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In a rare tit-for-tat response, the U.S. and South Korea fired off eight “precision” missiles Monday, after a record barrage launched by nuclear-armed North Korea a day earlier, as tensions on the peninsula continue to rise.

The U.S. and South Korean militaries conducted the joint live-fire exercise early Monday, firing off eight surface-to-surface missiles into the Sea of Japan in a bid to “demonstrate the ability of the combined U.S.-ROK force to respond quickly to crisis events,” U.S. Forces Korea said in a statement, using the acronym for South Korea’s formal name.

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