One day after North Korea successfully tested an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), South Korea and the United States fired off missiles simulating a precision strike against North’s leadership.
South Korean and U.S. military forces launched short-range ballistic missiles from the peninsula into the Sea of Japan.
According to the South’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, both weapons from the exercise homed in on their target “displaying the capability of a precision strike against the enemy headquarters in times of emergency.”
The joint military exercise was in response to the North’s ICBM test being described by President Kim Jong-un as a gift to the “American bastards.”
Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) highlighted that the missile had a carbon composite nose cone that could survive the harsh conditions of “heat reaching thousands of degrees centigrade” to “accurately hit the target.”
In the latest chapter of an ongoing corruption scandal that’s gripped the Republic of Korea for several months — leading to political paralysis and ultimately an executive power vacuum in Seoul — ousted President Park Geun-Hye was arrested Friday on charges of extortion and abuse of power.