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Sunday, 06 March 2016 18:28

About 2,100 US forces arrive in South Korea for joint drills

About 2,100 US forces arrive in South Korea for joint drills
About 2,100 US troops have arrived in South Korea to hold a joint military exercise that is likely to stir more tensions in the Korean peninsula, after North Korean leader Kim Jong-un ordered his military forces to prepare for using nuclear weapons.

According to US Marine officials, accompanying the troops in the war games are the amphibious assault ship Bonhomme Richard and the amphibious dock landing ships Ashland and Germantown.

The annual exercises, slated to begin on Monday, include two parallel annual drills - Key Resolve and Foal Eagle - and involve over 300,000 South Korean troops and 15,000 US personnel.

During the exercise, American and Korean forces will also carry out amphibious operations for disaster relief, said Marine Corps spokesman 2nd Lieutenant Joshua Hays.

Pyongyang regularly condemns the joint military exercises between Washington and Seoul as rehearsals for war against North Korea.

The North conducted its fourth nuclear test in January and launched an alleged satellite the next month.

In response, the UN Security Council passed its harshest sanctions against Pyongang that was drafted by the US.

The adoption of the new embargo prompted North Korea’s leader to order the country’s nuclear arsenal to be prepared for use at any time and the military to be in “pre-emptive attack” mode over growing threats from enemies.

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