US, Japan, South Korea to Hold Maritime Drills Off Jeju Island on Weekend

US, Japan, South Korea to Hold Maritime Drills Off Jeju Island on Weekend

ASIA & PACIFIC 16:48 20.10.2016

The United States, Japan and South Korea will hold trilateral military exercises at sea, near South Korea’s Jeju Island on Saturday and Sunday, local media reported.

TOKYO (Sputnik) — According to the Yonhap news agency, the drills will involve the interception of ships, as well as search and rescue operations.

South Korean ship Yulgok YiYi will be engaged, along with Aegis Combat System, a Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter, an USS McCampbell destroyer, an USS Tippecanoe ship, an P-3 Orion aircraft, a Sikorsky MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter. Japan will send an Ariake destroyer, as well as a Sikorsky H-60 copter.

Since early 2016, the Korean Peninsula coast has witnessed multiple military drills, held under the auspices of the United States. The drills come amid tensions generated by the North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile tests conducted despite UN Security Council resolutions.

On Monday, media reported, citing a North Korean official, that Pyongyang was ready to carry out a preemptive nuclear strike against the United States if Washington mobilized its nuclear forces against the country.

North Korea has been under pressure from the international community since a nuclear test and the launch of a long-range rocket in January. On March 2, the United Nations adopted a resolution 2270 that tightened sanctions against Pyongyang.

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