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USA and South Korea run drills practising expedition to snatch nuclear weapons from North Korea

North Korea: US military practises snatching nuclear weapons from rogue state http://www.news.com.au/world/asia/north-korea-us-military-practises-snatching-nuclear-weapons-from-rogue-state/news-story/3c0342b6be7ca0de4ad38c0dc458dafc
THE US and South Korea take part in yet another show of force against North Korea while Russia and China conduct air defence drills in response to the growing threat of the rogue state.  WASHINGTON and Seoul conducted another military drill designed to combat the growing threat from North Korea for the second time this month.

The latest joint training operation practised infiltrating North Korea and removing nuclear weapons in the event of war.

According to South Korea news agency Yonhap the “Warrior Strike” exercise held at Camp Stanley involved hundreds of troops from both sides and ran from Tuesday to Friday.

Camp Stanley is an army camp located north of Seoul and has around 5000 soldiers.

The display comes as North Korea’s neighbours China and Russia also carried out an antimissile drill in Beijing last week. The joint five-day drill, which finished on Saturday, included servicemen from both militaries and was headed by top brass in the Russian and Chinese air force, Newsweek reported.

The latest joint exercise between Washington and Seoul follow joint aerial drills Vigilant Ace in South Korea earlier this month.

The five-day drill was meant to improve the allies’ wartime capabilities and preparedness, according to South Korea’s defence ministry said.

The exercises were slammed by North Korea which warned the drills will “precipitate their self-destruction.”

The Vigilant Ace exercises, which lasted five days, involved more than 230 warplanes and 12,000 soldiers from both sides.

United States troops also used the hi-tech F-35 Lightning IIs and F-22 Raptors.

South Korea is a key US ally in the region and relies on US military assistance for security against the North.

Troops from the two countries routinely train together, each time prompting outbursts from Pyongyang.

Meanwhile Russia warned against fresh preconditions for any potential US and North Korea talks. Deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov on Saturday warned of a risk of escalation after Washington toughened its stance on North Korea nuclear talks and US President Donald Trump accused Moscow of failing to help.

“It’s sad that this powerful element of demands for further pressure on Pyongyang has once again appeared in the American position,” he told RIA Novosti news agency.

“It’s high time to stop this race of threats, pressure, blackmail and presentation of preconditions and shift to a real search for a political solution.”

Mr Ryabkov said that both Pyongyang and Washington are now putting forward preconditions for talks and there is a “risk of uncontrolled escalation”.

His comments came one day after US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson backed away from an earlier offer of unconditional talks to end the stand-off with Pyongyang following White House pressure.

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December 18, 2017 - Posted by | South Korea, USA, weapons and war

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