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Amid North Korea Threat, US, South Korea And Japan Start Missile-Tracking Drill

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| December 11 , 2017 , 10:57 IST

North Korea's unrestrained missile and nuclear tests have led to several sanctions from the international community however to no avail.

In the wake of the last nuclear-armed longest-range test launch that was conducted on November 29, the US, South Korea and Japan started joint exercises on Monday to track missiles from North Korea.

The two-day trilateral drill, the sixth such exercise since June last year, began in waters near the Korean peninsula and Japan, the defence ministry of South Korea said.

"During the drill, Aegis warships from each country will simulate detecting and tracking down potential ballistic missiles from the North and sharing information," it said in a statement.

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In the drill, two US ships are taking part, as well as one each from Japan and South Korea. Both Japan and South Korea have security alliances with the US, although their relations with each other have been marred by disputes over territory.

Last week, in a show of strength against North Korea, the US and South Korea had staged their biggest-ever joint air drill.

North Korea's November 29 launch of a new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) Hwasong-15 which Pyongyang claimed could deliver a "super-large heavy warhead" anywhere on the US mainland escalated global concerns regarding its ballistic missile and nuclear weapons programmes.

Although analysts agree that the missile may be capable of reaching the US-mainland in terms of distance, whether North Korea has mastered the advanced technology required to navigate the missile in re-entering the atmosphere and hitting the target is unlikely.