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South Korea, the United States, and Japan are set to hold their first joint aerial exercise near the Korean peninsula.
The trio is coordinating locations for the exercise, expected to take place on Sunday, as per reports from South Korea’s Dong-a Ilbo newspaper and Yonhap news agency.
Involvement is anticipated from a US B-52 strategic bomber and fighter jets from all three nations. While an official from the South Korean defense ministry didn’t confirm the exercise specifics, it was noted that the nations are “expanding” joint military operations following an agreement at the Camp David summit in August to enhance cooperation in the face of threats from North Korea.
According to Yonhap news agency, a three-way communications hotline has also been established between South Korea, the United States, and Japan.
These developments signify growing unity among the three countries amid increasing regional tensions due to North Korea and China’s growing influence.