26 Jul '11, 3am

N.Korea prepares for rare joint military drill

N.Korea prepares for rare joint military drill

SEOUL: North Korea is preparing a rare military exercise involving its army, navy and air force that could be launched this week in the tense Yellow Sea, reports in South Korea said Tuesday. A government source quoted by the South's Yonhap news agency said the North had assembled about 20 navy vessels including landing craft off the western port of Nampo and deployed MiG-21 fighters to Onchon airbase in the same area. The Korea JoongAng Daily, also citing a government source, carried a similar report. "It depends on the weather, but we believe they're setting up for a landing exercise sometime after Wednesday," Yonhap's source was quoted as saying. Wednesday is the 58th anniversary of the signing of the armistice that ended the 1950-53 Korean War. The two countries are still technically at war, as no formal peace treaty was signed. A defence ministry spokesman said he had ...

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