SEOUL, Sept. 4 (Xinhua) -- South Korea's defense ministry said it was consulting with the U.S. side on the mobilization of U.S. strategic military assets after the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)'s sixth nuclear test.
The ministry said in a report to the parliamentary defense committee that it would push for the mobilization of the U.S. strategic assets, such as a nuclear-powered U.S. aircraft carrier and strategic bombers, in cooperation with the United States.
For the stand-alone action, the South Korean military planned to conduct a live-fire drill with "Taurus" air-to-ground guided missiles which is known to have a range of about 500 km, carried by F-15K fighter jets, according to the report cited by local media outlets.
Early Monday, the military carried out a live-fire exercise along the east coast by mobilizing the army's Hyunmoo-2A surface-to-surface ballistic missiles and the F-15K fighter jet's SLAM-ER air-to-surface missiles.
It followed the DPRK's claim on Sunday that it had successfully tested a hydrogen bomb warhead that can be fitted onto an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).