United States Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III and South Korean Minister of National Defense Suh Wook condemned North Korea’s recent missile launch on May 4.
According to Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby, Austin and Suh Wook conversed over the telephone to discuss the missile launch and “other defense issues”.
“The two leaders strongly condemned yesterday’s ballistic missile launched by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, which they noted threatens the peace and stability of the Korean peninsula and the Indo-Pacific region,” said Kirby, and added that “They committed to close cooperation to enhance the U.S./ROK alliance, deterrence and defense posture.”
The launch on May 4 was North Korea’s 14th launch of the year.
The missile flew 292 miles from its launch site near the capital city of Pyongyang and crashed in the sea between North Korea and Japan.
Kirby also confirmed that Austin reaffirmed the US’ “ironclad” commitment to South Korea’s defense, which includes the use of the full range of US military capabilities, including “extended deterrence capabilities.”
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