SEOUL — The United States, South Korea and Japan have started a two-day missile warning drills on Tuesday over the Korean Peninsula to practice the cross-navy capabilities in detecting and tracking any potential North Korean ballistic missiles amid heightened tensions around Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile test launches.
North Korea had conducted its sixth nuclear test on September 3, forcing the UN Security Council to introduce new sanctions.
According to South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff, the two-day Missile Warning Exercise which is taking place Tuesday and Wednesday off South Korean and Japanese coasts are designed to tackle North Korea’s nuclear and missile threats.
The drills are being led by the American Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Stethem, Japanese Kongō-class guided missile destroyer JDS Kirishima and South Korean Sejong Great-class destroyer which are all equipped with Aegis Combat System, Yonhap news agency reported.
The US and its allies are not planning to engage any actual simulated targets but will practice a computer simulation to check Aegis Combat System’s ability to detect, track and exchange information between the three navies in real time via satellites.
While the Aegis Combat System produced by Lockheed Martin is designed to tracks and destroy enemy targets, the two-day missile warning drills will only detect and track the enemy missiles, RT reported.
The exercise will not include intercepting and destroying projectiles.Follow @gorkhapost
Action should be taken against the corrupt : Prachand
LAHAN — CPN-Maoist Centre Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal has said that he is committed for not letting commission mongers and corrupt walk freely, stating development of the country is in a mess due to them.
“Development cannot be imagined without good governance. Action should be taken against the corrupt to maintain good governance. The government will take stern step for the same,” Dahal said while laying the foundation stone for upgrading task of East-West Postal Highway at Bariyarpatti of Siraha on Tuesday.
Saying political revolution has now completed, he expressed the view that Nepal would be made a prosperous country of the world within five to ten years with a new revolution of development.
Likewise, Dahal also said that the left alliance had assured people of good governance, stability, development and prosperity through its common manifesto and claimed that the incumbent government, which has garnered around two thirds majority, would fulfill people’s wish and aspiration.
Saying the plan of upgrading of postal highway, which is considered as a lifeline of Madhes, was forwarded during his term as the Prime Minister, he said upgrading of the postal highway would not be obstructed in any pretext.
Similarly, Minister for Physical Planning and Transport, Raghubir Mahaseth, said that all political parties should stand together for the development and prosperity of the country.
He also said that the government would take action against those contractors who failed to complete the construction task on deadline.
Likewise, Chief Minister of province no 2, Lalbabu Raut, expressed determination that the provincial government would present itself strongly to control corruption.Follow @gorkhapost