U.S. & S. Korea conduct joint drills after North’s ICBM test

Jul 05, 2017, 7:49 AM EDT
(Source: U.S. Department of Defense Current Photos/flickr)
(Source: U.S. Department of Defense Current Photos/flickr)

The U.S. and South Korea carried out a joint ballistic missile drill on Wednesday as tensions escalated in the Korean peninsula after North Korea claimed that it successfully test-launched an intercontinental missile capable of hitting the U.S. mainland.

North Korea’s indiscriminate expansion of nuclear and missile arsenal has sent ripples across the world, with the U.S. calling for an urgent meeting of the UNSC to discuss the issue, writes the BBC.

The 15-member body is likely to hold a closed-door meeting on Wednesday to work out tougher sanctions and action plan to counter “a new escalation of threat” from Pyongyang, notes The Guardian.

Russian and China, two close diplomatic allies of North Korea, called for a simultaneous halt on missile tests and joint military drills in the Korean region, reports Al Jazeera.