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Updated December 19th, 2023 at 15:59 IST

US, Japan & South Korea agree to share real-time data on North Korean missile launches

Amid the brewing tensions in the Korean peninsula, South Korea, the United States and Japan agreed to share North Korean missile warning data in real-time.

US President Joe Biden and South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol
US President Joe Biden and South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol | Image:AP
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Amid the brewing tensions in the Korean peninsula, South Korea, the United States and Japan agreed to share North Korean missile warning data in real-time. The three nations agreed to bolster trilateral security cooperation against the North after Pyongyang launched multiple missiles in the Pacific region. The worries of the three nations escalated after Pyongyang launched a spy satellite intended to gather info about its adversaries. On Monday, the three sides jointly established a multiyear plan for trilateral military drills to counter evolving North Korean nuclear and missile threats. 

"The three countries established the system to detect and evaluate missiles launched by North Korea in real-time to ensure the safety of their citizens and enhance related capabilities," the defence ministry said in a release on Monday, Yonhap reported. The announcement came a day after North Korea claimed to launch the Hwasong-18 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). This became the fifth ICBM the draconian regime launched this year. Following the launch, the North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un said that the move will show what North Korea will do “when Washington makes a wrong decision”. 

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What kind of information will be shared? 

With the new system, the three sides will share round-the-clock data on the North Korean missile's launch point, its flight trajectory and expected point of impact. The agreement does not include other sensitive data such as the type and location of the detection assets. "If an ICBM is launched for example, there are aspects that not all countries can catch simultaneously, while there are areas some can and others cannot," the official said. “(The system) will help close such gaps,” the ministry said in a statement obtained by Yonhap. 

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While the United States has operated data sharing with South Korea and Japan, there have not been any direct linkages between the two Asian neighbours. In August this year, US President Joe Biden, South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida first agreed to share data in this regard.  

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Published December 19th, 2023 at 15:59 IST

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