South Korea: Navy flexes military muscles with live fire-drills in face of North Korean crisis

South Korean Navy vessels steamed along their nation’s eastern coast in a display of military strength, on Tuesday, as tensions continue to rise over the North Korean crisis, footage released by Yonhap News Agency shows. The live-fire exercise was conducted in retaliation to North Korea’s latest nuclear test, and was intended to check the Navy’s combat position in case of potential maritime... Еще provocations. Warships including a 2,500-ton frigate, a 1,000-ton patrol ship and a 400-ton guided missile vessel drove in convoy. Seoul has said that further naval drills are to be carried out from Wednesday to Saturday. The South Korean military conducted live-fire drills on Monday, simulating an attack on a nuclear site, at an undisclosed location on the Sea of Japan coast. The drills involved fighter jets and surface-to-surface missiles, all of which «hit their designated targets,» according to the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff. The tests come following North Koreas successful trial of a miniaturised hydrogen bomb on Sunday. The North claims that the bomb can be mounted on an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM). The announcement was made mere hours after a 6.3 magnitude earthquake was registered near the North Korean nuclear testing site Punggye-ri in North Hamgyong Province, according to the Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA). According Korean Central Television, North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un had ordered the test. The past months have seen a buildup of tensions on the Korean Peninsula and an exchange of aggressive rhetoric between US President Donald Trump and Kim Jong-Un.
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