TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) - The South Korean Air Force carried out the shelling drills with the use of the US Mark 84 general-purpose bombs after North Korea's ballistic missile launch, local media reported Tuesday.
Yonhap news agency reported that during the exercise, four F-15K Slam Eagle fighter jets had dropped eight Mark 84 bombs, each weighting about a tonne.
The drills took place at the eastern province of Gangwon, the agency added.
Moon’s chief press secretary, Yoon Young-chan, said the bombing drill was ordered immediately after the National Security Council meeting convened to discuss possible counter measures Seoul could take against Pyongyang’s ballistic missile provocation.
“We assessed North Korea’s provocations as extremely severe and decided to maintain a vigilant posture in preparation for the possibility of additional provocations by North Korea,” the chief of the National Security Council added.
South Korean fighter jets take part in a US-South Korea joint live-fire military exercise at a training field near the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas in Pocheon, South Korea April 21, 2017
Shortly after the NSC meeting, South Korea's national security director, Chung Eui-yong called president Donald Trump’s national security adviser H.R. McMaster to discuss the incident, Yonhap reports. During the conversation, McMaster noted that “president Donald Trump has fully supported Mr. Moon's policy toward North Korea and the Korean government’s response to North Korean provocations.”
South Korea's foreign minister, Kang Kyung-wha, has meanwhile discussed the incident with the US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. The diplomats agreed to pursue additional UN sanctions against Pyongyang, Yonhap reported.
The UN Security Council is reportedly scheduled to meet Tuesday, but the time of the meeting has not yet been confirmed.
“South Korea, the US, and Japan jointly requested the UNSC hold an emergency meeting to address an emergence of threats to the peace and security,” an official at S. Korea's foreign ministry, told Yonhap.