Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

S. Korea, US, Japan Plan Joint Drills on N. Korean Threat

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

S. Korea, US, Japan Plan Joint Drills on N. Korean Threat

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SEOUL, South Korea * South Korea, the United States and Japan will hold their first joint military training next month focused on cooperating to detect signs of missile launchings from North Korea and trace missile trajectories, a Seoul defense official said Monday.

The drills, set for around June 28, will be held on the sidelines of biennial multinational naval exercises scheduled for waters off Hawaii from June to August, which the three countries regularly attend, the official said on condition of anonymity.

The drills will involve Aegis-equipped ships from the three countries but not missile-intercept training, the official said. The three countries have held joint search-and-rescue drills in the past.

The training follows a 2014 intelligence-gathering pact among the three countries. …

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