S.Korea, U.S. Practice Destroying N.Korea's WMDs

  • By Lee Yong-soo

    December 18, 2017 10:30

    South Korea and the U.S. have staged a joint training exercise to destroy North Korea's weapons of mass destruction, the U.S. Forces Korea said Sunday.

    Troops from the two countries practiced identifying and destroying the North's WMD facilities through urban combat and infiltration of underground facilities.

    U.S. Forces Korea Commander Vincent Brooks (center) and South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Jeong Kyeong-doo (right) look at a soldier testing equipment in Seoul last week. /Courtesy of U.S. Forces Korea

    The drill was staged at the Rodriguez live fire range in Pocheon and Camp Stanley in Uijeongbu, both in Gyeonggi Province last week. 

    The 2nd U.S. Armored Brigade Combat Team uploaded photos on Facebook that showed armored vehicles entering an "enemy" area, a sniper preparing to fire an aimed shot from a building, and troops throwing smoke bombs.

    The 2nd U.S. Infantry Division also released photos of Gen. Jeong Kyeong-doo, chairman of the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Vincent Brooks, commander of the USFK, and Lt. Gen. Thomas Vandal, commander of the 8th U.S. Army, visiting an underground training ground at Camp Stanley.

    The drill is staged every quarter but has never attracted so much top brass.

    Back on Dec. 12, Tillerson promised China that in the event of a conflict or regime collapse in the North, U.S. troops would pull back to the 38th parallel after securing the regime's nuclear weapons.

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