Seoul, June 14 South Korea, Japan and the United States plan to conduct a joint missile tracking exercise in waters near Hawaii in August, maneuvers aimed at strengthening their ability to detect the growing complexity of North Korea’s arsenal, according to sources close to the issue is consulted by Yonhap.
The Pacific Dragon exercise, which the three countries hold every two years, is scheduled for the first two weeks of August and is at a time when the three countries are seeking to boost security co-operation in the face of a record number of projectile tests. from North Korea this year (19) and the possibility of Pyongyang soon conducting a new nuclear test.
According to a source consulted by Yonhap, the three countries’ defense ministers, Lee Yong-soup, Nobuo Kishi and Lloyd Austin, agreed to hold the exercises at their tripartite meeting at the Shangri-La Dialogue Forum. place last weekend in Singapore.
Pacific Dragon, for its part, will be involved in the RIMPAC maneuvers, the world’s largest naval exercises conducted by the United States every two years in the Pacific and held from June 29 to August 4 this year.
For its part, the source said that Canada and Australia will also participate in the Pacific Dragon this year.
North Korea, which has been completely isolated from the start since the pandemic, has ignored calls to resume the disarmament dialogue and last year approved a five-year weapons modernization plan behind its missile tests and nuclear test, which has been under preparation ever since. early 2022 EFE
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