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The United States and South Korea have conducted joint air exercises simulating a strike on North Korean missile-related transporters following an ICBM test by North Korea.

In a statement, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of staff said the two nations “demonstrated their strong will to respond resolutely to any threats and provocations, including North Korea’s intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), and their overwhelming ability and readiness to strike the enemy with precision.” The military exercises simulated a strike on North Korean Transporter Erector Launch vehicles with GBU-12 laser-guided bombs.

North Korean Transporter Erector Launch vehicle

This comes less than 24 hours after North Korea tested a long-range intercontinental ballistic missile. Speaking in Bangkok, Vice President Kamala Harris denounced the test and said, “we again call for North Korea to stop further unlawful, destabilizing acts. On behalf of the United States, I reaffirm our ironclad commitment to our Indo-Pacific alliances. Together the countries represented here will continue to urge North Korea to commit to serious and sustained diplomacy.”


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