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South Korea, US launch massive landing drill amid tensions

Published on Mar 27, 2014 12:34 PM

SEOUL (AFP) - Nearly 15,000 South Korean and US troops kicked off a 12-day amphibious landing drill on Thursday, the largest for two decades, a day after North Korea launched two mid-range ballistic missiles.

Code-named Ssang Yong ("Twin Dragons"), the exercise on the South's southeastern coast will last until April 7 and involve around 10,000 US troops.

"The scale of this year's Ssang Yong is greater than any others in the past," a US military spokesman told AFP.

The US forces will include 7,500 marines belonging to the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, based in Okinawa, Japan.

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