Arirang News, 5 July 2017
한미, 北도발 대응 탄도미사일 훈련…300㎞ 현무-2A 발사
In a rapid show of force against North Korea for Tuesday’s now confirmed ICBM test, the South Korean and U.S. militaries have conducted an offensive ballistic missile drill aimed at striking the North’s leadership.
South Korea and the U.S. staged a massive combined ballistic missile exercise this morning.
It was aimed at sending a strong warning to Pyongyang that the allies are ready and willing to destroy key facilities in the North with a push of a button.
The large scale drill comes less than 24 hours after North Korea test-fired its ICBM.
South Korea fired a ballistic missile known as Hyunmoo-2 and the U.S. fired a tactical surface-to-surface missile, into South Korea’s territorial waters in the East Sea.
In a statement released by the presidential office of Cheong Wa Dae earlier today, the drills were conducted on the order of President Moon Jae-in, who stressed the need to demonstrate the allies’ defense posture with action not just a statement.
U.S. President Donald Trump welcomed the move, saying he highly praised President Moon’s reaction to the North’s provocation.
North Korea’s state run Korean Central News Agency reported early Wednesday that Pyongyang had mastered the atmospheric re-entry technology for its ICBM.
Experts say the re-entry technology is the most important and difficult process when developing an ICBM.
It also claimed the ICBM is capable of carrying a large size nuclear warhead, but that is not confirmed by any independent experts.
In response, the South Korean military warned the North that the allies are ready to retaliate in case of a North Korean missile attack and that it’s leadership will be ‘wiped off the face of the earth’ if they threaten the security of the allies.