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S. Korea, Japan, U.S. begin 2-day missile tracking drill

  • December 11, 2017
  • , Jiji , 5:18 p.m.
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SEOUL — South Korea, Japan and the United States on Monday began a two-day joint missile-tracking exercise scheduled in waters near the Korean Peninsula and Japan, the South Korean Defense Ministry said.

 

The exercise, the sixth of its kind since the first one was held in June last year, is aimed at better coping with the growing North Korean missile threat.

 

The exercise comes amid heightened tensions in the region after North Korea test-fired late last month what it claimed was its “most powerful” intercontinental ballistic missile, capable of hitting anywhere in the United States with a nuclear warhead.

 

The ballistic missile-tracking exercise involves several naval vessels from South Korea and the United States and an Aegis-equipped destroyer from Japan’s Maritime Self-Defense Force.

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