South Korean Navy says newest train is geared toward mastering the allies’ response to a North Korean ballistic missile launch.
Japan, South Korea and the US have held a joint naval missile defence train to counter North Korea’s “nuclear and missile threats”, days after Pyongyang launched an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).
The drill on Sunday was carried out in worldwide waters between South Korea and Japan and introduced collectively destroyers geared up with Aegis radar methods from the three international locations, the South Korean Navy mentioned.
A naval officer mentioned the train centered on practising procedures to detect and observe a computer-simulated ballistic goal and share associated info.
North Korea fired its newest Hwasong-18 missile, which Pyongyang describes because the core of its nuclear strike power, off its east coast on Wednesday in what it mentioned was a “sturdy sensible warning” to its adversaries.
The launch adopted heated complaints from North Korea in latest days, accusing US spy planes of flying over its unique financial zone waters, condemning a latest go to to South Korea by a US nuclear-powered cruise missile submarine and promising to take steps in response.
Seoul, Tokyo and Washington denounced the ICBM launch, saying it constituted a “clear, flagrant violation” of a number of United Nations Safety Council resolutions and posed “a grave risk to peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and past”.
The South Korean Navy mentioned Sunday’s joint drills “served as a chance to reinforce our navy’s response capabilities towards ballistic missiles and enhance safety cooperation” between South Korea, Japan and the US.
“We’ll successfully reply to North Korea’s nuclear and missile threats with our navy’s sturdy response system and the trilateral cooperation,” it added.
The US and its Asian allies have been working to enhance their information-sharing system on North Korea’s missiles.
South Korea and Japan are independently linked to US radar methods however not to one another’s.