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South Korea holds live-fire drills near western border with North Korea


South Korea staged what military officials called a “routine” exercise near its contentious western border with North Korea, with Seoul’s marines using K9 self-propelled howitzers to fire more than 200 artillery rounds and launching a Spike surface-to-surface missile, APA reports quoting sputniknews.

 

The live-fire drills were held by the 6th brigade and the Northwest Islands Defense Command, tasked with defending Seoul’s Yellow Sea islands, and featured 2.75-inch rockets carried by AH-1S Cobra attack helicopters, according to the Marine Corps.

 

 

According to one South Korean Marine official, the exercises were "Conducted in our waters south of the Northern Limit Line (NLL)," Yonhap reports. "It was a regular training to improve proficiency in combat … In accordance with existing procedures, we informed North Korea of the training plan in advance through the UN Command Military Armistice Commission."

 

Deployed in 2013, South Korea’s Spike missiles are in place to counter North Korea’s coastal artillery.

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