S. KOREA, U.S. HOLD MASSIVE LIVE-FIRE DRILL
Last Updated: 2012-06-22
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SEOUL, June 22 (NNN-Xinhua) -- South Korea and the United States staged their largest-ever live-fire drill Friday amid lingering tensions on the Korean peninsula.

The one-day exercise in Pocheon, northeast of Seoul, involved fighter jets, Apache attack helicopters, armored vehicles and some 2,000 troops.

South Korea's defense ministry said in a statement the drill was aimed at checking solid military preparedness and war- fighting capabilities against enemy provocation.

The joint drill, presided over by Prime Minister Kim Hwang-sik, saw the participation of an airborne early warning and control aircraft called "Peace Eye" and T/A-50 light attack aircraft for the first time.

The drill came amid persistent tensions on the peninsula, following a failed long-range rocket launch by North Korea in April. -- NNN-Xinhua