September 27, 2010 10:55
South Korea and the U.S. begin joint naval exercises on Monday.
The five-day drills are aimed at sending a strong message of deterrence to North Korea for its torpedo attack on the South Korean Naval corvette Cheonan in March. The exercises had originally been scheduled to take place earlier this month but were rescheduled due to Typhoon Malou.
Some 1,700 troops from the two allies will be mobilized for the anti-submarine drills which will mainly focus on boosting the allies' defense posture and preventing underwater provocations.
Meanwhile, in a message carried by North Korea's state-run Central News Agency, Pyongyang threatened a "physical response" to the joint drill, calling it a "military provocation."
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