Uneasy partners Japan, SKorea join US air drills

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. allies Japan and South Korea are jointly participating in air force exercises for the first time.

That's a sign the two Asian nations are willing to cooperate on security despite their political differences.

The U.S. Air Force says Japanese and South Korean aircraft, along with U.S. and Australian forces, have been flying in annual training drills over Alaska that end Friday. The exercise has included simulated combat maneuvers.

In recent years, Seoul and Tokyo have taken tentative steps to improve security cooperation, but that's been hampered by disputes over territory and Japan's colonial past.

Washington is keen to encourage the cooperation. Both nations host U.S. forces, and they face a shared security threat from North Korea.

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