For the fourth time, South Korea, America and Japan today (Sunday) conducted joint naval exercises for missile defenses, days after North Korea conducted an intercontinental ballistic missile test.
The South Korean Navy said that the United States, South Korea and Japan conducted joint missile defense naval exercises, on Sunday, to counter the advanced nuclear and missile threats of Pyongyang, adding that the tripartite exercises were conducted in international waters between South Korea and Japan, and destroyers equipped with Aegis radar systems participated in them. from the three countries.
The South Korean Navy stated that the tripartite exercises were conducted in international waters between South Korea and Japan, and included 3 destroyers equipped with the “Aegis” combat system, namely the South Korean destroyer “Yolgok Yi” and the American destroyer “USS John Fen” and the destroyer “JS Maya”. Japanese.
A South Korean Navy official said, “These exercises were an opportunity to enhance our army’s response capabilities against ballistic missiles, and improve security cooperation between South Korea, the United States and Japan. Based on our army’s strong response system and tripartite coordination, we will respond effectively to North Korea’s nuclear and missile threats,” explaining. The exercises aim to master the allied response to a North Korean ballistic missile launch, with a scenario embodying a hypothetical target. North Korea launched its latest intercontinental ballistic missile, the Hwasong-18, which it describes as the basis of its striking nuclear force, off its east coast on Wednesday, saying the weapon was a “strong practical warning” to adversaries.