The US held a joint military drill with South Korea in response to the intercontinental ballistic missile test that North Korea conducted Tuesday morning. Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White stated that Washington is prepared to defend itself and its allies by using “the full range of capabilities” at America’s disposal against the growing North Korean threat.
Watch: North Korean state media announces Tuesday’s successful missile trial
The US and South Korea conducted a joint military drill during which the armies fired missiles into the Sea of Japan, the US Army confirmed in an official statement on Tuesday night. According to the statement, the exercise was held in response to the long-range missile that North Korea successfully launched on Tuesday morning and was designed to demonstrate the strong cooperation between Washington and Seoul.
Meanwhile, the Pentagon officially confirmed that the Pyongyang’s latest missile test involved an intercontinental ballistic missile, which represents a breakthrough in the North Korean missile program. The US Army’s initial assessment was that North Korea fired an intermediate-range missile that did not present a threat to the US.
The missile launched yesterday by North Korea Photo Credit: KCNA/Channel 2 News
According to the Pentagon’s statement, the trial represents the new and serious threat that North Korea’s missile program presents to the US and its allies. The missile reached a higher altitude and flew for a longer period of time than previous missiles launched by the isolated country. US officials have determined that this type of missile is capable of reaching Alaska.
“The launch continues to demonstrate that North Korea poses a threat to the United States and our allies,” Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White stated. White added that Washington is prepared to defend itself and its allies by using “the full range of capabilities” at America’s disposal against the growing North Korean threat.
In light of the trial, the UN Security Council announced that it will gather for an emergency meeting regarding the matter. It is expected that the international council will impose additional sanctions on North Korea.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson strongly condemned the recent missile trial: “Testing an ICBM represents a new escalation of the threat to the United States, our allies and partners, the region and the world.”
“Any country that hosts North Korean guest workers, provides any economic or military benefits, or fails to fully implement UN Security Council resolutions is aiding and abetting a dangerous regime,” Tillerson continued. He added that his country “will never accept a nuclear-armed North Korea.”