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The drill, which will continue until Friday, involves a nuclear-powered Los Angeles-class submarine, Aegis destroyers and P-3C maritime surveillance aircraft deployed from US bases, as well as South Korean destroyers, submarines and maritime aircraft, military officials said.
“It is part of an annual routine drill held to prepare against an adversary’s submarine infiltration,” Yonhap quoted a military official as saying.
The drill comes a week after the US and South Korea completed their two-month-long Foal Eagle joint exercises.
North Korea reacted angrily to the latest drills on Sunday, with a spokesman for the Policy Department of the National Defense Commission calling on Seoul to stop “hostile acts and military provocations.”
Seoul’s defense ministry on Monday vowed not to give in to Pyongyang’s demands.
“As the drills are designed to defend against North Korean provocations, they cannot be stopped,” defense ministry spokesman Kim Min-seok was quoted by Yonhap as saying.