US, South Korea, Japan anti-submarine military exercises to kick off this week

(MENAFN) The US, South Korea, and Japan will hold trilateral anti-submarine military exercises this week for the first time since 2017 amid growing intimidations from North Korea, according to local media.

The official approval of mutual military exercises came just a day following North Korea sent another two short-range ballistic missiles into the East Sea on Wednesday.

"The training is part of the defense ministry's steps to restore military cooperation among South Korea, the US, and Japan to a level before 2017, so as to respond to North Korea's nuclear and missile threats," Yonhap News Agency cited a South Korean official, without mentioning, as saying.

The military exercises are planned to take place on Friday in the international waters of the East Sea.

"We have chosen the international waters of the East Sea as the training area in consideration of North Korea's SLBM (Submarine-Launched Ballistic Missile) threats and key areas of submarine activities," on the words of the official.


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