The U.S. commitment to the defense of the Republic of Korea and Japan remains ironclad.Statement from U.S. Indo-Pacific Command on new test missile launches from North Korea; South Korea responded with test missiles of its own.
- North Korea test fired two ballistic missiles Wednesday; this follows a cruise missile test launch over the weekend. The ballistic missile test violates international law.
- South Korea responded by test firing a ballistic missile of its own from a submarine.
- South Korea is an important U.S. ally; America has more than 20,000 service members stationed in South Korea.
Why It Matters: Rising tensions in a key strategic region. North Korea is a nuclear-armed nation. The U.S., also a nuclear-armed nation, has an alliance to protect South Korea.
by Jenna Lee,