US and South Korea discuss ‘military options’ in wake of latest North Korea ICBM test:
The USA and South Korea have said they’re considering military responses after the latest test of a intercontinental missile by North Korea.
Officials confirmed that the most recent missile tested by Pyongyang, which was in the air for 45 minutes before apparently landing in the waters of Japan’s exclusive economic zone, was an ICMB.
Earlier this month, US officials said they believed North Korea had the capability of firing a missile that could reach Alaska. At the same time, reports said US intelligence officials believed North Korea was just one year away from completing a nuclear weapon that could be attached to such a weapon.
Reuters said that following North Korea’s test, South Korean President Moon Jae-in ordered discussions to be held with the United States on deploying additional anti-missile defence units. Senior US and South Korean military officials also discussed their military options in response to the North’s actions.
The news agency said Marine General Joseph Dunford was joined by the Commander of US Pacific Command, Admiral Harry Harris, when they called General Lee Sun-jin, chairman of the South Korean Joint Chief of Staff.
“During the call Dunford and Harris expressed the ironclad commitment to the US-Republic of Korea alliance. The three leaders additionally mentioned military response options,” said Captain Greg Hicks, a representative for Mr Dunford.
The Pentagon said the US was aware of the launch of the North Korean missile while it was still in flight. It said it was launched from Mupyong-ni, an arms plant in the far north of North Korea, and travelled about 620 miles before splashing down.
Pentagon spokesman Capt Jeff Davis said in a statement: “The North American Aerospace Defence Command (NORAD) determined the missile launch from North Korea did not pose a threat to North America.”