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South Korea and US Begin Military Exercise

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A day after the North Korea’s threat to US, the rivals of North Korea has began a joint military exercise. The military exercise has started by US and South Korea.

South Korea and US Begin Military Exercise

Flash points

  • The joint U.S. and South Korean military command said the training involves about 17,000 American troops and more than 300,000 South Koreans
  • The latest N. sanctions imposed on North Korea were drafted by the United States and China as punishment for its nuclear test and satellite launch of ballistic missile technology
  • Following this North Korea in its media proclaimed a threat to attack the US
  • In addition to this South Korea’s spy agency said it would hold an emergency cyber-security meeting on Tuesday to check readiness against any threat of cyber attack from the North
  • South Korea and the U.S. militaries began talks on Friday on the deployment of an advanced anti-missile Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) system in South Korea

About THAAD

  • Terminal High Altitude Area Defense System (THAAD)
  • Shoots down short and medium-range ballistic missiles in the terminal phase of their flight
  • Uses hit-to-kill technology – where kinetic energy destroys the incoming warhead
  • Has a range of 200km and can reach an altitude of 150km
  • US has previously deployed it in Guam and Hawaii as a measure against potential attacks from North Korea