South Korea, US, Japan agree framework for military exercises,

The defense chiefs of South Korea, the United States and Japan on Sunday agreed to stage pre-planned trilateral military exercises from next January with a multi-year framework, marking a significant stride in enhancing trilateral security cooperation in the face of escalating North Korean threats.

The three-way meeting was held for the first time in Seoul since South Korea’s new Defense Minister Shin Won-sik and Japan’s Defense Minister Minoru Kihara assumed office in October and September, respectively, South Korea’s Defense Ministry said Sunday. Kihara participated in the trilateral meeting virtually.[…]

A notable development of the trilateral meeting was the agreement to conduct trilateral exercises based on plans from January of next year — a key outcome to implementing a leader-level agreement at the Camp David summit.

“The ministers from the three countries assessed that a multi-year trilateral exercise plan is currently being formulated through consultations among South Korea, the United States, and Japan,” South Korea’s Defense Ministry said. Läs artikel