In an interesting turn of events, the US and South Korea have felt that it is important for them not to take the missile launch by North Korea lying down, and have decided to jointly respond to this threat.
The exercise used the Army Tactical Missile System, or ATACMS, and the Republic of Korea Hyunmoo Missile II, which fired missiles into territorial waters of South Korea along the East Coast, according to the US Army statement.
The action comes after North Korea claimed to have conducted its first successful test of a long-range missile
that it says can “reach anywhere in the world.” The Tuesday morning missile test reached a height of 2,802 kilometers (1,741 miles), according to state broadcaster Korea Central Television, which would be the highest altitude a North Korean missile had ever reached.
The country claimed it was an intercontinental ballistic missile, or ICBM, which would put the United States on notice that Pyongyang could potentially hit the US mainland.