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S. Korea, U.S. special forces conduct joint drill to strike core N. Korean facilities

2016/10/27 10:56

SEOUL, Oct. 27 (Yonhap) -- South Korean Army's special warfare command and its U.S. counterpart have recently carried out a joint exercise to practice "surgical strikes" against North Korea's nuclear and missile facilities, military officials said Thursday.

"The U.S. Air Force's 353rd Special Operations Group conducted a combined striking exercise against an enemy's facilities with the South Korean Army's special forces brigade at a military base in Gunsan (274 kilometers south of Seoul)," a defense official said told Yonhap News Agency.

Under the "Teak Knife" drill, the two allies focused on sending their special forces into North Korea through fixed-wing aircraft in the event of a conflict on the Korean peninsula, he said.

The allies have regularly carried out the Teak Knife drill since the 1990s, but it is rare to make it public.

The official said releasing information is mainly due to escalating tensions on the peninsula and in the Asia-Pacific region due to the North's continued nuclear and missile development programs.

kyongae.choi@yna.co.kr

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