(MENAFN- Trend News Agency)
The United States, South Korea and Japan participated in a
ballistic missile defense exercise off Hawaii's coast last week,
the Pentagon said on Tuesday, Trend reports citing Reuters .
It was the first time the three countries have held such drills
since 2017, after relations between Seoul and Tokyo hit their
lowest in years in 2019 amid renewed historical disputes dating to
Japan's 1910-1945 occupation of the Korean peninsula.
South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol, a conservative who took
office in May, has vowed to improve relations with Japan and deepen
the U.S. alliance to better deter North Korea, including by
expanding or resuming joint drills.
The missile warning and ballistic missile search and tracking
exercise took place Aug. 8-14 during the multinational Pacific
Dragon drills, and demonstrated the three countries' commitment to
respond to challenges posed by North Korea, protect shared security
and bolster the rules-based international order, the Pentagon said
in a statement.
The participants shared tactical data link information in
accordance with a trilateral information sharing agreement, the
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