South Korea conducted a massive military drill in response to North Korea’s hydrogen bomb test. The head of the South’s army announced that the drill included the launch of several missiles and simulated a strike on Pyongyang’s Punggye-ri nuclear test site.
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In response to North Korea’s hydrogen bomb test, which has been described by experts as the largest nuclear test ever conducted, South Korea announced Monday morning that it held a large-scale military exercise, which included the launch of several ballistic missiles.
The South Korean military stated that the drill simulated an attack on the North’s Punggye-ri nuclear test site. The hydrogen bomb that was tested yesterday from the site triggered a 6.3-magnitude earthquake across the peninsula.
The army’s chief of staff stated that as part of the exercise, several long-range air-to-surface missiles and ballistic missiles were launched. He also stressed that the drill was carried out by only South Korea. However, he added that more drills will be carried out in cooperation with the U.S. Army.
Missile launch during drill Photo Credit: CNN/Channel 2 News
South Korean President Moon Jae-in said prior to the military exercise that his army needs to prepare an “aggressive response” to the North’s provocations. His statement came hours after South Korean news outlets revealed that according to a new poll, the support for Moon has dropped due to his handling of the crisis with Pyongyang.
U.S. President Donald Trump said that Washington will defend its allies in the region using all the resources at its disposal. U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis stated that Washington has “many military options” and he is briefing Trump on each one. “Any threat to the United States or its territories including Guam or our allies will be met with a massive military response,” Mattis stated. “A response both effective and overwhelming.”