South Korea, US, Japan hold drills to counter North Korea

  • The navies of South Korea, the U.S. and Japan will hold two days of anti-submarine exercises starting 3 Apr to better counter North Korea’s evolving nuclear and missile capabilities, South Korea’s defence ministry said.
  • The drills will be staged in international waters off South Korea’s southern island of Jeju, involving a U.S. carrier strike group led by USS Nimitz, which had arrived in the southeastern city of Busan last week.
  • The trilateral drills come as North Korea unveiled last week new, smaller nuclear warheads, vowed to produce more weapons-grade nuclear materials to expand its arsenal, and boasted of what it called a nuclear-capable underwater attack drone.
  • This week’s exercises will use a mobile anti-submarine warfare training target to improve the capabilities needed to detect, track and destroy North Korean underwater threats, the ministry said.

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