U.S., South Korea Hold Ballistic Missile Drill After North Korea Test-Fires ICBM

U.S. South Korea Hold Ballistic Missile Drill After North Korea Test Fires ICBMOn Tuesday, North Korea said it has successfully launched an intercontinental ballistic missile, calling it the “final step” in making the country a “confident and powerful nuclear state that can strike anywhere on Earth.” In response, the United States and South Korea conducted a joint ballistic missile drill to demonstrate “precision firing” capabilities, the U.S. Army said in a statement. U.S., Japanese, and South Korean officials said the North Korea missile was launched at a high trajectory, traveling 580 miles and reaching an altitude of 1,500 miles with a flight time of 40 minutes. Experts said such a missile could be capable of reaching Alaska. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson condemned the launch, and said “global action is required to stop a global threat.”