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S. Korea, US in naval drill amid N. Korea tensions

Published on Feb 2, 2013 1:07 PM
USS San Francisco (SSN-711), a 6,800-tonne Los Angeles-class submarine, is seen anchored at Jinhae naval base in Changwon, about 410km southeast of Seoul in this picture taken Jan 31, 2013 during a photo call for local Korean media and released by local Newsis news agency on Feb 1, 2013. The US nuclear-powered submarine has been anchored in the South Korean naval base since Thursday to attend joint drills with the South next week, local media reported. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

SEOUL (AFP) - South Korea and the United States will hold a joint naval exercise next week, a report said on Saturday, a move seen as a warning to North Korea ahead of its widely expected nuclear test.

The three-day exercise involving a US nuclear submarine and other warships will begin on Monday in the Sea of Japan (East Sea) off the South Korean port city of Pohang, Yonhap news agency reported.

"It will includes anti-submarine and anti-air trainings and maritime manoeuvrings," a military official was quoted as saying in the report.

The exercise comes as tensions run high on the Korean peninsula, with Pyongyang threatening to carry out its third nuclear test in response to United Nations sanctions imposed for a long-range rocket launch it carried out in December.

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