Following Monday's market close, reports of North Korea firing a missile towards Northern Japan took the world by storm, with the White House issuing a statement saying "all options" are on the table following the latest launch from the Kim Jong-un regime.

As a result, defense stocks have been on the move Tuesday, reacting to this most recent missile launch.

The iShares Dow Jones US Aerospace & Def. ETF (ITA - Get Report) , a fund tracking stocks in the aerospace and defense sector, was climbing higher in Tuesday morning trading. 

Shares of defense contractor Lockheed Martin Corp. (LMT - Get Report) were climbing over 1% during Tuesday morning, while shares of its counterpart Raytheon Company (RTN - Get Report) were spiking over 1.5%.

Shares of the American aerospace and defense technology company Northrop Grumman (NOC)  were climbing higher nearly 1%.

Shares of General Dynamics (GD - Get Report) , a global aerospace and defense company, were also rising roughly 1% higher Tuesday morning. Shares of Orbital ATK (OA) , an aerospace manufacturer and defense industry company, were nearly 1% higher.

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