The United States is considering the deployment of its strategic defense equipment to South Korea after the North’s latest ballistic missile launch, Yonhap news agency reported Tuesday citing administration of South Korean President Moon Jae-in.
According to the reports by Yonhap, the South Korean and US militaries agreed to take swift retaliatory measures over North Korea’s latest ballistic missile launch, in order to be ready with various response options, including military action.
The reports added that the agreement had been reached during a telephone conversation between Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff and his South Korean counterpart Gen. Jeong Kyeong-doo. During the phone talks, the parties decided to take the measures which would allow implementing the powerful alliance’s will for response including the military response to North Korea’s provocations.
According to the South Korean military, Pyongyang’s ballistic missile flew 2,700 kilometers and reached a maximum height of 550 kilometers. Japanese administration said in a statement that the missile had flown over Japan’s Northern island of Hokkaido and had fallen 1,180 kilometers (733 miles) East of the island into the Pacific Ocean.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called the missile launch an “unprecedented, serious and grave threat” to his country.