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SKorea, US plan naval drills after UN actions against NKorea

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The USS George Washington is reportedly participating in the joint naval drill between South Korea and the United States

SEOUL (BNS): South Korea and the United States will stage large-scale anti-submarine drills in the Yellow Sea after the United Nations takes action against Pyongyang for sinking of the South Korean warship Cheonan, Yonhap news agency said.

"The joint drills will be carried out after the U N Security Council takes measure against North Korea," the agency quoting Col. Lee Bung Woo said.

The United States’s 97,000-ton USS George Washington, an Aegis-equipped destroyer, and a nuclear-powered submarine are reportedly participating in the joint naval drills and a 4,500-ton destroyer, a submarine and F-15K fighter jets will take part from the South Korean side.

The two countries last month decided to conduct the exercise in a show of force against North Korea after investigations held the North responsible for sinking of the 1,200-ton Cheonan on March 26 in the Yellow Sea, killing 46 South Korean sailors, Yonhap said.

The drills, initially scheduled for last month, were postponed. North Korea has denied any involvement in the sinking.


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