S. Korea, U.S., Japan delay joint naval drills due to Typhoon Danas
With gusty winds of up to 45 meters per second,
Typhoon Danas is making its way through the Korea Strait, a sea passage between Korea and Japan, moving at a speed of at least 30 kilometers per hour.
It is expected to pass the southern part of Korea on Wednesday and move up to Japan before beginning to dissipate.
With the typhoon fast approaching, a planned naval drill between South Korea, the United States and Japan has been postponed.
The trilateral drills were scheduled to take place from Tuesday to Thursday and were to involve search and rescue operations and other maritime maneuvers.
The drills were to involve the nuclear-powered American aircraft carrier, the USS George Washington, a guided-missile cruiser and a guided-missile destroyer from the U.S., as well as Aegis destroyers from South Korea and Japan.
A South Korean senior Navy official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said Tuesday that consultations are underway on whether to postpone the drills a few days or cancel them.
The official added the George Washington has been moved to a safer place and is currently on standby.
Ji Myung-kil, Arirang News.
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