South Korea and the US are set to conduct their biggest live-fire military defence drills yet after North Korea ramped up its missile testing program.
South Korea, US to hold largest live-fire drills
South Korean and US forces will hold their largest ever live-fire exercises in June in a show of force to North Korea, which has ratcheted up tension with numerous missile launches.
The exercises are part of a series of events marking the 70th anniversary of the alliance between the two countries this year, South Korea’s defence ministry said.
“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 on Wednesday.
“During the live-fire exercises, the combined forces will demonstrate the alliance’s formidable firepower and mobility on an unprecedented scale.”