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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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Three arrested with tiger hides

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KATHMANDU- The Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) on Tuesday arrested three persons in possession of tiger hides.

The CIB said that Man Bahadur Tamang of Shailung Rural Municipality in Dolakha; Lokmaya Gurung of Barpak Sulikot Rural Municipality in Gorkha district and Amar Singh of Tilathi Koiladi Rural Municipality in Saptari district were arrested from Budhanilkantha in the capital city acting on a tip off about their involvement in smuggling of animals’ hides and skeleton.

All three have been sent to the Division Forests Office, Kathmandu for further actions. According to the Superintendent of Police Sudip Giri, the alleged would be booked as per the National Parks and Wildlife Conservation Act, 1973 and CITES Convention, 1975.

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