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South Korea and the US – military exercises using live ammunition near the border with North Korea

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South Korea and the United States completed four-day joint exercises near the North Korean border on Thursday. During the maneuvers, the troops used live ammunition.

About 100 howitzers, tanks, armored vehicles and other types of equipment and more than 800 soldiers participated in the exercises of the South Korean and US troops, Yonhap said, citing the armed forces.

The exercises took place at the Rodriguez training ground near the city of Pocheon, about 30 kilometers from the demilitarized zone separating the two Korean states. It lasted four days and ended on Thursday.

South Korea and the US conducted live ammunition drills near the border with North KoreaPAP/EPA/JEON HEON-KYUN/POOL

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“Quick maneuvers to overwhelm the enemy”

The exercises began with the firing of self-propelled South Korean K9A1 howitzers and American M777 howitzers. K1A2 tanks and Stryker armored vehicles then conducted “quick maneuvers to overwhelm the enemy,” Yonhap said, citing the South Korean army.

South Korea and the US conducted live ammunition drills near the border with North KoreaPAP/EPA/JEON HEON-KYUN/POOL

South Korean K600 combat engineering vehicles and US military engineers practiced breaking through areas strewn with anti-tank obstacles. They also trained to push the enemy back and secure the area with artillery and machine guns in a counterattack scenario, the armed forces reported.

– Nothing motivates an American soldier to give his best than sleeping 10 miles from the enemy. And when this opponent fires ballistic missiles, it gives this training incredible weight, US Colonel Brandon Anderson told reporters on Wednesday.

South Korea and the US conducted live ammunition drills near the border with North KoreaPAP/EPA/JEON HEON-KYUN/POOL

North Korea fired a ballistic missile

North Korea fired a short-range ballistic missile into the sea over the weekend and announced that it was a simulation of a “nuclear strike on an important enemy target”. Last week, however, it tested an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that some experts say could be used in a nuclear attack on United States.

North Korean missile test PAP/EPA/KCNA

On Wednesday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Pyongyang announced that pressure from the United States at the UN forum to North Korea gave up nuclear weapons, “precisely means a declaration of war.” Formerly the leader of North Korea Kim Jong Un ordered “to prepare nuclear forces for war”.

Security Council UN held 10 meetings last year on North Korea’s ballistic missile tests, but has not issued any formal document on the matter due to opposition China and Russia, which have veto power.

Main photo source: PAP/EPA/JEON HEON-KYUN/POOL



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