|South Korean and US Ballistic Missile launchers in action|
WASHINGTON, July 4 (Xinhua) -- The United States and South Korea have staged a missile drill by firing missiles into the Sea of Japan, in response to the latest missile launch by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).
The Eighth U.S. Army and South Korean servicemen conducted a combined event to counter the DPRK's missile test on Tuesday, utilizing the Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) and South Korea's Hyunmoo Missile II, according to a statement issued by the U.S. Forces Korea on Wednesday.
Emphasizing the system can be rapidly deployed, the statement said the deep precision strike capability enables the U.S.-South Korea alliance to engage the critical targets under all weather conditions.
|North Korea's Hwasong-14 Ballistic Missile|
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson confirmed on Tuesday that the DPRK's latest missile test was an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).
Calling the test "a new escalation of the threat" to the United States, its allies and the world, Tillerson said in a statement that the United States intends to bring the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue before the UN Security Council and enact stronger measures against the DPRK.
While stressing that the United States will not accept a nuclear-armed DPRK, Tillerson said the United States seeks only the peaceful denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
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