Saturday, 3 June 2017

US and Japan stage military exercises off Korean Peninsula



The US and Japan has staged military training exercises in the Sea of Japan in the wake of recent threats from North Korea.
 
The joint operation is expected to last three days as both countries look to put pressure on Pyongyang to halt its ballistic missile programme.


Japan's Maritime Self Defence Force sent two ships, including helicopter carrier the Hyuga and destroyer the Ashigara, to join the US aircraft carriers the USS Ronald Reagan and USS Carl Vinson, together with their eight escort ships.


It comes amid heightened tensions on the Korean peninsula over fears the North is about to conduct a sixth nuclear test as it tries to develop an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of hitting the mainland US.


Japan and US navy forces routinely train together to improve readiness and to provide stability and security for the Asia Pacific region.


The Sea of Japan separates Japan from the Korean peninsula.





SKY     News.