South Korea, US to hold largest live-fire drills

  • South Korean and U.S. forces will hold their largest-ever live-fire exercises in Jun 23 in a show of force to North Korea, which has ratcheted up tension with numerous missile launches, South Korea’s defence ministry said on 22 Mar.
  • “We’ve planned various anniversary programmes focusing on realising ‘peace through strength’ through action based on our strategic deterrence capabilities and the solid combined defence posture amid North Korea’s evolving nuclear and missile threats,” the ministry said in a statement.
  • “During the live-fire exercises, the combined forces will demonstrate the alliance’s formidable firepower and mobility on an unprecedented scale.”
  • South Korea plans to mark the 75th anniversary of the founding of its military in Sep 23 with a display by the allies’ forces of their “overwhelming deterrence and response capabilities” against the North, that will include South Korea’s missile defence system, the ministry said.

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