S. Korea flexes muscles with naval exercise
SEOUL (AFP) - South Korea staged a naval exercise involving US surveillance aircraft on Tuesday, flexing its military muscles at a time of high tensions on the Korean Peninsula following the North's third nuclear test.
Day one of a six-day drill in the East Sea (Sea of Japan) involved South Korean warships and submarines, as well as surveillance planes from the United States, the defence ministry in Seoul said.
The exercises will practise operations to detect and track North Korean missiles and submarines, the ministry added.
"The drill is aimed at testing our readiness against threats from the enemy," a spokesman said.