U.S. military to observe South Korean war drills

14:06, December 18, 2010      

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The U.S. Defense Department on Friday said U.S. trainers and observers will be present for South Korean live-fire artillery drills planned to start Saturday.

A Pentagon spokesman was quoted by American Force Press Service as saying the drills will occur as scheduled, and are intended to ensure that South Korean forces are "prepared to respond to any threat to their security and stability."

South Korea plans a live fire artillery drill from Dec. 18 to Dec. 21 in waters south-west of Yeonpyeong island near the disputed western maritime border between South Korea and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK). The firing range practice in the same area in November led to the exchange of artillery fire between the DPRK and South Korea, killing two marines and two civilians.

A total of 21 U.S. military trainers and observers will be present for the drills, along with a contingent of United Nations troops, according to the Pentagon.

Source: Xinhua
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