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Japan, US to Stage Missile-intercepting Training

Korean Central News Agency of DPRK via Korea News Service (KNS)

Pyongyang, February 26 (KCNA) -- Japan and the U.S. reportedly plan to stage a mock training for detecting, tracking and intercepting ballistic missiles in the Yokosuka base in Japan from February 28 to March 3.

The Staff of the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (MSDF) announced Tuesday that the drill will be participated in by seven vessels, including the aegis warship Zyokai from MSDF and the John S. McCain from the U.S.

Such drill involving aegis vessels of Japan and the U.S. took place in last December as part of joint combined exercises but it is the first time for the MSDF and the U.S. navy to conduct a separate training, said the Japanese Jiji Press.

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