U.S., South Korea Respond to North Korea ICBM Launch

The United States and South Korea responded to North Korea’s successful test launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) by conducting a joint “show of force,” The Hill reports.

The two countries responded to the North Korean launch with a show of force involving missiles being fired into the South China Sea.

“The deep strike precision capability enables the South Korean-U.S. alliance to engage the full array of time critical targets under all weather conditions,” the U.S. Army said in a statement.

Reuters reports that the Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS), a surface-to-surface missile and the Republic of Korea’s Hyunmoo Missile II, a ballistic missile were involved in the test.

The Pentagon also said on Tuesday it was prepared to defend the United States and its allies against the growing threat from North Korea as it condemned Pyongyang’s test launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile.

“We remain prepared to defend ourselves and our allies and to use the full range of capabilities at our disposal against the growing threat from North Korea. Our commitment to the defense of our allies, the Republic of Korea and Japan, in the face of these threats, remains ironclad,” Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said.

On Tuesday morning, North Korea’s government released a statement, claiming the successful test launch and vowing that its weapon could “reach anywhere in the world”. The test came days before Trump’s meeting with world leaders at the annual G20 summit in Europe later this week.

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