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US, Japan, South Korea Conduct Drills to Defend Against Missiles

  • Three forces take part in Pacific Dragon exercises in Hawaii
  • Drills prepare against threats posed by likes of North Korea

The US and its two top Asian allies announced they had conducted a joint missile defense exercise off Hawaii, raising the profile of exercises that show their willingness to work together in the face of threats posed by North Korea and China.

The anti-missile drill took place Aug. 8-14 at the same time as the multinational Pacific Dragon exercise, the Department of Defense said in a statement released Tuesday, Asia time. The three countries agreed at a ministerial meeting in Singapore in June to conduct the drill, the department said.