Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford immediately phoned his South Korean counterpart Friday to discuss military options following North Korea’s second test launch this month of a missile with ICBM range to reach the U.S.Navy Capt. Greg Hicks, the Joint Chiefs spokesman, said Dunford and Adm. Harry Harris, commander of U.S. Pacific Command, joined in the call to Gen. Lee Sun-jin, chairman of the Republic of (South) Korea Joint Chiefs of Staff.Dunford and Harris underlined their “ironclad commitment” to the U.S.-South Korea alliance against the North and “also discussed military response options” to the growing North Korean Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) threat, Hicks said.
The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) determined the missile launch from North Korea did not pose a threat to North America.
Our commitment to the defense of our allies, including the Republic of Korea and Japan, in the face of these threats, remains ironclad. We remain prepared to defend ourselves and our allies from any attack or provocation.