December 7, 2022

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US and South Korea begin joint military exercises

US and South Korean warships began their first joint military drills in five years today, a day after the North fired an unidentified ballistic missile off the east coast of the peninsula.

The four-day drills are intended to demonstrate the “powerful determination of allies to respond to North Korean provocations” and improve their ability to conduct joint naval operations, the South Korean navy said in a statement.

More than 20 ships from the US and South Korean navies, including the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan, fighter jets and helicopters, were mobilized for the exercise, the same memo said.

This is the first joint military exercise involving a US aircraft carrier since 2017.

Both countries have canceled or scaled back joint military exercises in an effort to facilitate talks over North Korea’s nuclear program or, later, to stem the spread of the Covid-19 outbreak.

North Korea ramps up weapons tests at record pace in 2022 The regime has launched more than 30 ballistic weapons, including intercontinental ballistic missiles, since 2017, and continues to expand military capabilities, according to observers, as negotiations continue. A dead end.

The North Korean threat is also expected to be on the agenda of US Vice President Kamala Harris, who visited South Korea this week after attending the funeral in Tokyo of the former Japanese prime minister. Shinzo Abe was shot dead on July 8.

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