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South Korea Begins Military Drills Amid Talk Of North Korean Nuclear Test


South Korea begins military drills amid talks over North Korea's nuclear test

North Korea has reacted angrily to South Korea and joint military operations. (File)

Seoul:

South Korea’s military kicked off their annual Hoguk defense drills on Monday, designed to bolster the country’s ability to respond to North Korea’s nuclear and missile threats amid negative tensions. about the military activities of both sides. The drills, scheduled to end on Saturday, are the latest in a series of military exercises by South Korea in recent weeks, including joint operations with the United States and Japan. Copy.

The latest field training comes as North Korea is conducting weapons tests at an unprecedented rate this year, firing a short-range ballistic missile and hundreds of shells near the inter-Korean border. heavily armed on Friday.

Pyongyang has reacted angrily to the joint military activities of South Korea and North Korea, calling it a provocation and threatening retaliatory measures. Seoul says its drills are routine and defensively oriented.

Joining some U.S. forces, the ROK military will focus on maintaining readiness and improving the military’s ability to conduct joint operations during the Hoguk exercise, said South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff. Quoc said.

“The forces will conduct simulated real-world day and night maneuvers to counter North Korea’s nuclear, missile, and other threats, so they can master North Korea’s capabilities wartime and peacetime missions, and enhanced interoperability with a number of U.S. forces. .

Last week, tensions flared up after North Korea fired a missile, fired more than 500 artillery shells and flew countless fighter jets near a conflict-prone maritime border.

Seoul condemned Pyongyang and imposed its first unilateral sanctions in nearly five years, describing the moves as a violation of a 2018 bilateral military treaty banning “hostile acts” in the border area. gender.

But the North accused the Confederate army of escalating tensions by firing their own artillery.

South Korean lawmakers say North Korea has completed preparations for its first nuclear test since 2017 and may conduct it amid China’s key ruling Communist Party Congress, which begins in Sunday and the US midterm elections on November 7. But some analysts do not expect any tests before the end of the Chinese congress.

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