U.S., South Korea, and Japan Conduct First-Ever Joint Aerial Drill

The trilateral exercise came in response to North Korea’s nuclear threat.

The air forces of the United States, South Korea, and Japan recently conducted an inaugural joint aerial exercise near the Korean Peninsula, responding to growing nuclear threats from North Korea. The exercise, featuring a U.S. B-52 bomber and fighter jets from South Korea and Japan, marked a significant step in the nations’ defense collaboration.

Rising concern over North Korea’s advancing nuclear program has driven South Korea’s president, Yoon Suk Yoel, to strengthen trilateral security cooperation with the U.S. and Japan. This exercise is an outcome of the agreement reached during the “first stand-alone trilateral summit” held at Camp David, where South Korea’s president, along with U.S. President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, pledged to enhance their defense cooperation.

This move signified a departure from past sensitivities between South Korea and Japan, underscoring their collective determination to address the escalating threats posed by North Korea’s nuclear ambitions.

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Sources: MilitaryTimes, Air and Space Forces Magazine


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