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S.Korea, US begin air manoeuvers

Friday - May 11, 2018 10:08 am , Category : DIASPORA
 S.Korea, US begin air manoeuvers
S.Korea, US begin air manoeuvers

Seoul May 11 (IANS) South Korea and the US on Friday began large-scale annual joint air manoeuvers.



The annual two-week Max Thunder exercises are being held after Seoul and Washington postponed the dates of their other joint manoeuvers Key Resolve and Foal Eagle due to the inter-Korean summit in April reports Efe news.

The exercises will include some 100 fighters and bombers and will deploy F-22 jets for the first time.

The objective of the manoeuvers is to improve the aerial capabilities of the allies at a time of detente on the Korean peninsula following Pyongyang s historic decision to enter into dialogue with Seoul. This led to the historic inter-Korean summit between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in April.

Pyongyang used to condemn theses war games considering them a rehearsal for invading its territory and usually responded to the manoeuvers with missile tests.

This year during a meeting with South Korean officials in March the North Korean regime expressed its understanding of the need for Washington and Seoul to hold such exercises.

--IANS
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