Wednesday, December 8, 2010

US, S Korea to hold more war games

As tensions continue to run high in the Korean Peninsula, top US and South Korean military officers announce plans to stage more joint military exercises.

The announcement came as top military officials of the two countries, Chairman of US Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen and his South Korean counterpart General Han Min-Koo held talks in the South Korean capital, Seoul, on Wednesday over the deteriorating situation on the Korean Peninsula. 

The two officials condemned North Korea's recent alleged attacks on Yeonpyeong Island, describing it as deliberate and illegal. 

During the meeting, Mullen reiterated Washington's commitment to defend South Korea. 

US President Barack Obama has already promised what he called unshakeable support for Seoul. 

In recent months, the US and South Korea have conducted several massive joint sea and air drills in waters east of the Korean Peninsula. 

The North has called the drills provocative and an effort to trigger a war, warning the South against holding more joint military exercises with Washington. 

Tensions have erupted between the two Koreas after last month's deadly clash between South and North Korean forces along their disputed sea borders. 

The fighting left four South Koreans, including two civilians, dead. Each side blames the other for initiating the fighting. source


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