South Korea Holds Live-Fire Missile Drill Post N.Korea Conducted Nuclear Test
Indian Defence News: South Korea has conducted a missile drill simulating an attack on the North Korean nuclear site, in response to Pyongyang’s sixth test.
The live-fire exercise saw rockets launched from fighter jets and ballistic missiles from the ground.
It came as the US warned that any threat to itself or its allies would be met with a “massive military response”.
The North says it tested a hydrogen bomb that can fit on a long-range missile.
Pyongyang has repeatedly defied UN sanctions and international pressure by developing nuclear weapons and testing missiles, and the provocations have only intensified.
In the past two months, it has conducted intercontinental ballistic missile tests, sending one over mainland Japan into the Pacific Ocean. It has also threatened to fire missiles towards the US Pacific territory of Guam.
The UN Security Council is to hold an emergency meeting later on Monday to discuss its response.
Ahead of that meeting, South Korea and Japan’s leaders agreed to push for a stronger UN resolution on North Korea, said a South Korean presidential palace spokesman.
The Security Council last imposed sanctions in August, targeting North Korean exports.
Later on Monday, South Korea’s defence ministry said it had detected indications that the North was preparing more missile launches.
“We have continued to see signs of possibly more ballistic missile launches. We also forecast North Korea could fire an intercontinental ballistic missile,” Chang Kyung-soo, a ministry official, told parliament.
News Source: BBC