Amid growing nuclear and missile threats from North Korea, the navies of South Korea and the United States have begun a three-day military exercise in the East (Japan) Sea. This was reported by Yonhap.
These exercises are aimed at effectively deterring nuclear and missile threats from North Korea, as well as further strengthening the joint defense posture, said Admiral Kim In Ho, the head of the South Korean side during the exercises.
Nine ships and two patrol aircraft from both countries are taking part in the drills, including submarines, the ROKS Yulgok Yi I destroyer, the USS Shoup Aegis destroyer and the USS Robert Smalls cruiser.
The South Korean Navy claims that the drills are designed to strengthen joint operational capabilities and allied cooperation in the context of new nuclear and missile threats from North Korea, including the launch of a space launch vehicle and the introduction of a new submarine.