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US, South Korea & Japan jointly begin 2-day missile ‘tracking’ drills over Korean Peninsula

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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.

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Lightning strike kills woman in Saptari

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RAJBIRAJ — A woman was killed when lightning struck her in the field at Bishnupur Rural Municipality-6 in Saptari district on Saturday evening.

The victim is 50-year-old Keshari Devi Yadav, wife of Shailendra Kumar Yadav, Superintendent of Police Mukesh Kumar Singh said. She was struck by thunderbolt while picking up lentils in the field.

Another woman, Rinku Yadav who had gone together with Keshari to harvest lentil, has been injured in the incident. She is being treated at the Gajendra Narayan Singh Sagarmatha Zone Hospital at Rajbiraj.

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