Japan, South Korea, and the United States conducted a joint naval exercise aimed at countering North Korea’s “nuclear and missile threats.”
Japan, South Korea, and the United States conducted a joint naval exercise aimed at countering North Korea’s “nuclear and missile threats. The drill, held in international waters between South Korea and Japan, brought together destroyers equipped with Aegis radar systems from all three countries. The exercise focused on practicing procedures to detect and track a computer-simulated ballistic target while sharing related information.
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The joint drills were organized in response to North Korea’s recent launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), known as the Hwasong-18. Pyongyang described it as a strong warning to its adversaries, further escalating tensions in the region.
The launch drew condemnation from Seoul, Tokyo, and Washington, who denounced it as a clear violation of multiple United Nations Security Council resolutions and a grave threat to peace and stability.
The South Korean Navy emphasized that the joint exercise aimed to enhance their military’s response capabilities against ballistic missiles while fostering security cooperation among the three nations.
It also expressed a commitment to effectively address North Korea’s nuclear and missile threats through a strong response system and trilateral collaboration.
Efforts are underway to improve the information-sharing system on North Korea’s missiles between the US and its Asian allies, although South Korea and Japan remain independently linked to US radar systems without direct connectivity to each other.