South Korea and US Conduct Joint Exercise in Response to North Korean Aggression

South Korea and US Conduct Joint Exercise in Response to North Korean Aggression

U.S. Puts North Korea on Notice With Joint Operation

(UnitedVoice.com) – North Korea has made a number of threats against both the United States and South Korea over the last few years. Leader Kim Jong-un has also pledged to build up his military, including his nuclear arsenal. Most recently, Kim has resumed missile tests; as a result, the US and South Korea are taking steps to ensure they’re protected.

On June 6, South Korea and the US conducted a joint military exercise. The countries’ militaries launched eight short-range ballistic missiles. The launches lasted about 10 minutes in the early morning hours. The exercise took place in the East Sea as a response to Kim’s own launches the day before. Kim’s military reportedly launched eight short-range ballistic missiles from multiple locations.

In a press release, the United States Forces Korea said military forces used “one U.S. Army missile and seven [Republic of Korea] Army missiles.” The statement went on to say the countries remain committed to “peace and prosperity” in the region, and America’s commitment to defending South Korea “remains ironclad.”

South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) issued a statement strongly condemning the North’s missile launches, calling on Kim to “stop acts that raise military tensions” in the region. The US Indo-Pacific Command also responded to Kim’s missile launches, saying it was aware of them, and they further demonstrated the “destabilizing impact” of the North’s weapons program.

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