South Korea staged a military exercise Friday afternoon in response to North Korea's latest provocation.
The Defense Ministry said it carried out the "Elephant Walk"an exercise that involves taxiing military aircrafts, but it did not disclose the location of the training site for security reasons.
Reportedly, about THIRTYF-35A stealth fighter jets took part in Friday's training that was inspected by South Korea's Defense Minister Suh Wook.
The minister said Pyeongyang's latest test fire was a breach of the suspension of ICBM launches promised to the international community, and a clear violation of a number of UN Security Council resolutions.
He added that the act was a serious threat to the peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula as well as to the global community.
Doctor Go Myong-hyun from the Asan Institute for Policy Studies says Friday's military drill was to deter North Korea's provocations.
“It surely demonstrates to the North Koreans, South Korea’s capability to attack North Korean missile sites without being detected by North Koreans. I think in that sense, it acts as a deterrence against the North Korean missile acts and makes them think twice before they carry out extra provocations.”
This comes after North Korea on Thursday fired an intercontinental ballistic missile toward the East Sea the first full-range ICBM launch in more than four years.
The missile, fired at around 2:30 PM from the Sunan airfield in Pyeongyang, traveled around one,80 kilometers and at an altitude of 6,200 kilometers.
Shortly after the North launched its missile, South Korea's military fired several missiles toward the East Sea.. from ground, sea and air.
Seoul's Defense Ministry plans to maintain a state of military readiness, keeping a close eye in case of additional provocations by the North.
Min Suk-hyen, Arirang News.