USA, South Korea and Japanthey made a combined missile defense exercise in international waters of the Sea of Japan (called East Sea in the two Koreas) just a few days after the Kim Jong-un regime shoot three ballistic missilesone of them intercontinental in scope.
The maneuvers, which lasted about five hours, focused on detecting, tracking and intercepting computer-simulated targets and sharing information in real time, the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) explained in a statement.
The exercise was conducted east of the South Korean island of Ulleungand three destroyers equipped with the system participated Aegis: the south korean sejong the greatthe Japanese atago and the american USS Barry.
“Through the maritime missile defense exercise the Republic of Korea (official name of South Korea), the US and Japan strengthened their security cooperation and their response systems”, explains the JCS text.
The demonstration “enhances the interoperability of our collective force and demonstrates the strength of the trilateral relationship,” which reflects “determination against those who threaten regional stability,” the minister said in another letter. US Indo Pacific Command.
“This exercise demonstrates the commitment of Japan, the United States and the Republic of Korea to greater trilateral cooperation to respond to regional security challenges amid an increasingly severe security environment,” said the Maritime Self Defense Forces Japanese in another writing.
Last Saturday North Korea launched an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) hwasong-15the second with the longest potential range in its arsenal, which traveled more than 900 kilometers before falling into the waters of the Special Economic Zone (EEZ) of Japan, west of the hokkaido island.
The repeated throws of Pyongyangwhich last year fired a record number of missiles, have strengthened the rapprochement, in terms of security, of seoul and tokyowhose relations have gone through their worst moment in recent years.
The three allies, in fact, already carried out exercises similar to today’s last October in the face of repeated North Korean weapons tests.
Tension on the peninsula, where Seoul and Washington plan to carry out major maneuvers in March to which the regime has promised an “unprecedented” response, is at all-time highs and experts warn of the growing danger of a misconception. calculation that can have fatal consequences.
(With information from EFE)
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