The US, Japan and South Korea will hold two days of missile tracking drills this week as tensions rise in the region over North Korea's fast-developing weapons programs, Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force said on Sunday

US to hold missile tracking drill with South Korea, Japan

The US, Japan and South Korea will hold two days of missile tracking drills this week as tensions rise in the region over North Korea‘s fast-developing weapons programs, Japan’s Maritime Self-Defense Force said on Sunday.

North Korea has fired two missiles over Japan as it pursues nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles in defiance of UN sanctions and international condemnation.

On November 29, it test-fired an intercontinental ballistic missile which it said was its most advanced yet, capable of reaching the mainland US.

The US, Japan and South Korea will hold two days of missile tracking drills this week as tensions rise in the region over North Korea's fast-developing weapons programs, Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force said on Sunday
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

The US, Japan and South Korea will hold two days of missile tracking drills this week as tensions rise in the region over North Korea’s fast-developing weapons programs. Pictured are President Donald Trump (left) and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (right)

On Sunday, South Korea said it would impose new unilateral sanctions on 20 institutions and a dozen individuals in North Korea, barring any financial transactions between those sanctioned and any South Koreans. Pictured is South Korea's President Moon Jae-in

On Sunday, South Korea said it would impose new unilateral sanctions on 20 institutions and a dozen individuals in North Korea, barring any financial transactions between those sanctioned and any South Koreans. Pictured is South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in

North Korea has fired two missiles over Japan as it pursues nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles in defiance of UN sanctions and international condemnation. On Nov 29, it test-fired an intercontinental ballistic missile (file image) which it said was its most advanced yet

North Korea has fired two missiles over Japan as it pursues nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles in defiance of UN sanctions and international condemnation. On Nov 29, it test-fired an intercontinental ballistic missile (file image) which it said was its most advanced yet

The exercises, on Monday and Tuesday, will be the sixth drill sharing information in tracking ballistic missiles among the three nations, the defense force said.

It did not say whether the controversial Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system would be involved.

The installation of the US THAAD system in South Korea has angered China, which fears its powerful radar could look deep into China and threaten its own security.

The US and South Korea conducted large-scale military drills last week, which the North said have made the outbreak of war ‘an established fact’.

Last month’s missile test prompted a US warning that North Korea’s leadership would be ‘utterly destroyed’ if war were to break out. The Pentagon has mounted repeated shows of force after North Korean tests.

The US has also pressured China and other nations to cut trade and diplomatic ties with North Korea, as part of international efforts to dry up Pyongyang’s illegal cash flows that could fund its weapons programs.

The US and South Korea conducted large-scale military drills last week, which the North said have made the outbreak of war 'an established fact'. North Korea's leader Kim Jong-Un is pictured center

The US and South Korea conducted large-scale military drills last week, which the North said have made the outbreak of war ‘an established fact’. North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-Un is pictured center

The exercises, on Monday and Tuesday, will be the sixth drill sharing information in tracking ballistic missiles among the three nations, the defense force said. It did not say whether the controversial Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system (file) would be involved

The exercises, on Monday and Tuesday, will be the sixth drill sharing information in tracking ballistic missiles among the three nations, the defense force said. It did not say whether the controversial Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system (file) would be involved

On Sunday, South Korea said it would impose new unilateral sanctions on 20 institutions and a dozen individuals in North Korea, barring any financial transactions between those sanctioned and any South Koreans.

‘This unilateral sanction will prevent illegal funds flowing to North Korea and contribute to reinforce international communities’ sanctions against North Korea,’ South Korea’s finance ministry said in a statement.

The move is largely symbolic as trade and financial exchanges between the two Koreas have been barred since May 2010 following the torpedoing of a South Korean warship, which the North denied.

North Korea regularly threatens to destroy South Korea, Japan and the US and says its weapons programs are necessary to counter US aggression.

The US stations 28,500 troops in the South, a legacy of the 1950-53 Korean War.

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