U.S., South Korea, and Japan Set to Hold Missile Tracking Drill

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The Maritime Self-defence Force said that this week, Japan, South Korea, The United States would hold two days of drills on missile tracking, as tensions heighten in the region over fast-developing weapons programs of North Korea.

North Korea has launched two missiles over Japan as it pursues ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons in defiance of the sanctions by the United Nations and international condemnation. On November 29, the nation test-fired an intercontinental ballistic missile which it stated was the country’s most advanced yet as it is capable of reaching the mainland of the United States.

The defence force said that the exercises that will be held on Monday and Tuesday, will be the 6th drill sharing information regarding tracking ballistic missiles among the three nations.

Last week, South Korea and the United States administered large-scale military drills, which the North stated have caused the outbreak of war to be “an established fact.”

The missile test of last month prompted a warning from the United States that the leadership of North Korea would be “utterly destroyed” if war were to occur. The Pentagon has made repeated displays of force after the tests of North Korea.

North Korea frequently threatens to destroy Japan, the United States, and South Korea and says that its weapons programs are essential to counter the aggression of the United States. The United States has 28,500 troops stationed in the South which is a legacy of the Korean War in 1950-53.