After Pyongyang fired a missile over Japan, the United States and South Korea conducted rare missile drills. The United States relocated a supercarrier to the east of North Korea in one of the strongest reactions to a North Korean weapon test since 2017.
The aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan, which visited South Korea for the first time in years last month, will return to the sea between Korea and Japan with additional vessels. The South Korean military dubbed it a "very rare" step to express commitment against North Korean threats.
Blinken said the U.S., South Korea, and Japan are working together "to demonstrate and improve our defensive and deterrence capabilities" against North Korea.
If North Korea continues its "provocations," U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said, "it risks increased criticism and isolation."
The U.N. Security Council will convene Wednesday to address North Korea at the request of the U.S., despite China and Russia's opposition to an open meeting.
South Korean officials claimed North Korea had finalized preparations for a nuclear test and employed a smaller weapon or a huge device with a bigger yield than in past tests.
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