US, Republic of Korea, Japan hold first anti-North Korea missile drill 29 June, 2016

Republic of Korea, Japan and the United States held an unprecedented trilateral missile defence exercise on Tuesday, aimed at countering the growing threat from nuclear-armed North Korea which denounced it as a “military provocation.” The drill in waters off Hawaii came less than a week after North Korea flight-tested a powerful new medium-range ballistic missile that leader Kim Jong-Un hailed as a strike threat to US military bases across the Pacific. The trilateral exercise included a ballistic target tracking operation to test the Aegis anti-missile systems used by the United States and its two key Asian allies. North Korea’s foreign ministry condemned the drill as “another military provocation perpetrated by the US” and reiterated strategic willingness to carry out a “pre-emptive nuclear attack” if threatened. The participation of all three countries revealed their “hegemonic scenario for disturbing regional peace and security”, a ministry spokesman was quoted as saying by the official KCNA news agency.

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