The United States, Japan, and South Korea will hold a two-day anti-missile drill starting on 11 December amid heightened tensions over Pyongyang’s development of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles.
The Ministry of Defense in Tokyo said in a statement that the exercise – the sixth of its kind between the three countries – will take place in the waters near the Korean Peninsula and Japan, adding that the Aegis-equipped Japanese destroyer JDS Chokai will take part in the manoeuvres.
Quoting the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) in Seoul, the Yonhap news agency reported that the drill will also involve RoKS Seo Ae Ryu Sung Ryong – a South Korean KDX-3-class Aegis-equipped destroyer – and US Navy Arleigh Burke-class destroyers USS Stethem and USS Decatur , both of which are also Aegis-equipped.
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