ICBM: The Japanese and US Air Forces organized joint exercises on Sunday after North Korea tested an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) the day before, Kyodo reports, citing the Japanese Defense Ministry.
The crews of three Japanese F-15 fighters, four American F-16s, and two B-1B bombers were involved in the training.
Earlier Sunday, the South Korean Air Force and the United States also conducted an exercise involving American B-1Bs.
On the eve of the DPRK’s establishment of a ballistic missile in the direction of the Sea of Japan. The Ministry of Defense of Japan said that the missile fell in the Japanese exclusive economic zone near the island of Hokkaido.
Furthermore, the head of the Japanese Ministry of Defense, Yasukazu Hamada, claimed that the missile was capable of flying over 14 thousand km and hitting any point on the US mainland.
Later, the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported that the launch of this Hwaseong-15 ICBM was carried out as part of a sudden check of combat readiness, which provides for the provision of nuclear deterrence.
According to the TsTAK, the rocket flew 989 km in 67 minutes, after which it fell into the Sea of Japan, and the maximum flight altitude was 5.77 thousand km.
The agency noted that military threats from the United States and South Korea “are becoming serious to such an extent that they cannot be ignored.”