The US and South Korea have said they are 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 defense 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.