S Korea conducts naval drills in response to North’s ‘provocations’

South Korea's navy said Tuesday it has conducted live-fire drills in the East Sea

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South Korea's navy said Tuesday it has conducted live-fire drills in the East Sea. PIX: Yonhap News/Newscom via ZUMA Press /dpa

South Korea’s navy said Tuesday it has conducted live-fire drills in the East Sea, local media reported.

Yonhap news agency described the drills as “massive” adding that the navy said the manoeuvrers were a show of the country’s “resolve to retaliate against North Korea’s provocations.”

A frigate, patrol ship, guided-missile vessels as well as high-speed boats, were all used in the exercises, Yonhap quoted the South Korean navy as saying.

The navy also plans to hold four days of further training from Wednesday onwards, in the country’s southern waters.

The drills came two days after North Korea claimed it had tested a hydrogen bomb that can be loaded onto an intercontinental ballistic missile. It was the country’s sixth nuclear test since 2006, and its most powerful to date.

Late Monday, the White House confirmed that US President Donald Trump telephoned with his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae In, giving his in-principle approval to Seoul’s plan to lift restrictions on the country’s missile payload capabilities.

President Trump also gave his approval for the purchase of many billions of dollars’ worth of military weapons and equipment from the United States by South Korea, the statement added. -dpa

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