May 08, 2012 13:12
South Korea and the U.S. launched their biggest-ever joint air drill on Monday. The twelve-day drill dubbed Max Thunder aims to ensure military readiness and joint air firepower in case of North Korean provocations.
Air force officials say this year's drill involving 60 aircraft is the largest since the exercises began in 2008.
Pyongyang routinely denounces joint drills between Seoul and Washington, and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un inspected an air force unit just last week, the latest in a series of military visits he has made since his father Kim Jong-il died last December.
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