- US and South Korea Consider Military Response Options After Latest North Korea Missile Test Threatens Japan
by The United States was considering “military response options” on Friday night after North Korea carried out its second test of an intercontinental ballistic missile in a month.
The Pentagon confirmed that the missile, which flew for 45 minutes, travelled an estimated 600 miles and landed west of Japan’s Hokkaido island, was an ICBM. It flew for six minutes longer than the previous one, on July 4. Washington, which has branded North Korea the “most urgent and dangerous threat to peace,” condemned the launch as reckless.
“By threatening the world, these weapons and tests further isolate North Korea, weaken its economy, and deprive its people,” Donald Trump said in a statement. “The United States will take all necessary steps to ensure the security of the American homeland and protect our allies in the region.”
As Pyongyang confirmed the launch, South Korea said it was ready to take its own steps to deal with the threat. Song Young-moo, South Korea’s defence minister, said Seoul would prepare independent measures.. “Along with joint efforts to deter proliferation (of North Korea’s nuclear threat) we will prepare independent measure to curb it as soon as possible,” Song told a press conference in Seoul, just minutes after Pyongyang said its second missile test was meant as a “stern warning” for the United States.