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US and S Korea begin joint drill

 
 
Naval and air exercises start off South Korean coast despite nuclear threats from North.The US has begun military exercises with its ally South Korea in the Sea of Japan in a show of force that North Korea has warned could trigger nuclear war in the region.

The joint naval and air drills, code-named "Invincible Spirit", began on Sunday and came four months after the sinking of a South Korean warship that has been blamed on the North.

About 8000 US and South Korean troops, 20 ships and submarines and 200 aircraft are taking part in the drill, which the US and South Korea have said is aimed at curbing the North's "aggressive" behaviour.

The exercises will be held in South Korean and international waters over the next four days and have prompted an angry reaction from Pyongyang, which has described the exercise as an "unpardonable military provocation", and threatened to counter it by using their "powerful nuclear deterrence".

"The army and people of the DPRK will legitimately counter with their powerful nuclear deterrence the largest-ever nuclear war exercises to be staged by the US and the South Korean puppet forces,'' the country's National Defence Commission said in a statement on Saturday.

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