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by Joshua Krishnamoorthi:

The U.S., Japan and South Korea will hold two days of missile tracking drills starting on Monday, Japan’s Maritime Self-Defense Force said, as tensions rise in the region over North Korea’s fast developing weapons program.

The U.S. and South Korea conducted military drills last week, which the North said the outbreak of war was “an established fact.” Recently North Korea has fired ballistic missiles as it pursues nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles in defiance of UN sanctions and international condemnation. This exercise will be the sixth drill sharing information in tracking ballistic missiles among the three nations, the defense force said.

Further, South Korea said it would impose new sanctions barring any financial transactions between those sanctioned and any South Korean. The trade and exchanges between the two Korean’s have been barred since May 2010. Last month, the U.S. warned North Korea’s leadership that they would be “utterly destroyed” if war were to break out, it was said in a media report.

By j.krishna moorthi

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