The United States and South Korea have fired surface-to-surface missiles in reaction to North Korea’s recent test-launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).
North Korea said it carried out the ICBM tests on Tuesday under the supervision of leader Kim Jong-un, and that it was capable of hitting anywhere in the world. The Hwasong-fourteen missile reached an altitude of two thousand, eight hundred and two kilometers and hit its target precisely after flying for thirty-nine minutes.
In response, US and South Korean forces conducted simultaneous launches from the US Army Tactical Missile System and South Korea’s Hyunmoo Missile system on Wednesday.
The chief of public affairs at the South Korean Joint Chief of Staff, Roh Jae-cheon, said this joint missile launch drill executed by South Korea and the US is an expression of the two countries’ firm resolution to never tolerate any kind of provocation from North Korea.
The US has asked for an urgent meeting of the UNSC to discuss the issue. A closed-door session of the 15-member body will take place later today.