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Is South Korea gearing up for war?

March 21, 2016 09:18 IST

The United States and South Korea conducted a big military exercise, storming a simulated North Korean beach defense as tensions on the Korean Peninsula continue to rise and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un threatens to wipe out his enemies.

South Korean (blue headbands) and US Marines take positions as amphibious assault vehicles of the South Korean Marine Corps fire smoke bombs during a joint landing operation drill in Pohang, South Korea. The landing and assault drills on South Korea’s east coast were part of eight weeks of joint exercises between the allies which the South has said are the largest ever. North Korea has denounced the exercises as ‘nuclear war moves’ and threatened to respond with an all-out offensive. Photographs: Kim Hong-Ji/Reuters


South Korean (blue headbands) and US Marines take part in a joint landing operation drill in Pohang, South Korea.


A rocket is launched from a M270A1 multiple launch rocket system during a live-fire training exercise of the 6-37th Field Artillery Regiment at a training area near the demilitarised zone separating the two Koreas, in Cheorwon, South Korea.


The amphibious assault ship USS Boxer transits the EastSea during Exercise Ssang Yong 2016. Ssang Yong 16 is a biennial combined amphibious exercise conducted by forward-deployed US forces with the Republic of Korea Navy and Marine Corps, Australian Army and Royal New Zealand Army Forces. Photograph: US Navy/Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Craig Z Rodarte/Handout via Reuters


A US army soldier loads rocket pods on a M270A1 multiple launch rocket system as they prepare for a live-fire training exercise of the 6-37th Field Artillery Regiment.


A US marine takes part in a joint landing operation drill in Pohang.


US Army M109A6 Paladin self-propelled howitzers are seen during a military exercise in Pocheon, South Korea.


North Korea was recently condemned by the world powers for testing a Hydrogen bomb. The conflict of the two Koreas, however, has its roots in the early 50s, but the North Korean leader was of late threatening the South with nuke war.