US, S Korea plan more naval drills: Report

The US and S Korea are planning more joint naval drills as early as this month,

Last Updated: Dec 01, 2010, 12:21 PM IST

Seoul: The United States and South Korea
are planning more joint naval drills as early as this month, South Korea`s military said Wednesday as the two sides wrapped up four days of Yellow Sea manoeuvres.

South Korea and the United States were discussing
holding a joint naval exercise this month or in early 2011,
South Korea`s Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

"Discussions are still under way on when and where the
drill would take place and on what scale," the JCS spokesman
told AFP.
The current war games ending Wednesday were intended
as a show of force after North Korea`s hardline communist
regime launched a deadly attack on a South Korean island last
week.

The joint naval exercise involving a US carrier battle
fleet started Sunday after the North`s artillery attack on the
South`s Yeonpyeong Island near the tense sea border.
Two civilians and two marines were killed in the North
Korean shelling on November 23 near the disputed maritime
border that has been a scene of several naval clashes between
the two Koreas over the years.

Bureau Report