South Korean warplanes and navy ships have fired a barrage of missiles into the waters during one- day drills aimed at boosting a readiness against possible North Korean aggression. Today’s drills off the east coast were previously scheduled but they occurred two days after North Korea test- launched its first intercontinental ballistic missile. South Korea’s navy says the drills involve 15 warships including a 3,200-ton-class destroyer, helicopters and fighter jets.
The North’s ICBM launch was a milestone in its efforts to pursue an arsenal of long-range nuclear missiles capable of reaching anywhere in the United States. Analysts say the missile tested Tuesday could reach Alaska if launched at a normal trajectory. After the launch, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said he will never put his weapons programs up for negotiations.