September 26, 2023

US, ROK, Japan wrap up missile tracking drills in response to DPRK threats

Expert says Seoul’s willingness to share intel with Tokyo a ‘breath of fresh air’ after years of mutual animosity

The U.S., South Korea and Japan recently conducted missile tracking and defense exercises near Hawaii and shared intelligence via a “tactical data link,” according to the U.S. Defense Department, as the three countries increase defense cooperation in response to North Korean threats. 

The drills, codenamed Pacific Dragon, came after the DPRK test-launched a range of different missiles in the first half of the year and ahead of an anticipated seventh nuclear test