US and North Korea militaries fired missiles into South Korean territorial waters in direct response to North Korea’s intercontinental ballistic missile launch Friday, VOA reported on Saturday.
A statement from eighth US army said the joint, live-fire exercise utilized the army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) and the Republic of Korea Hyunmoo Missile II.
The weapons can be quickly deployed and provide deep-strike precision capability under all weather conditions, according to the military.
A defense official said that the exercise began around 5:30 pm (local time).
A White House statement released shortly afterward called the North's missile test a "reckless and dangerous action" which will further isolate the country.
The statement said "the United States will take all necessary steps to ensure the security of the American homeland and protect our allies in the region."