|The Hoguk exercise, begins on Monday until Oct. 30 around the country, will involve the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps, and diverse programs will be staged.(Photo by=IANS/SocialNews XYZ Website)|
[Asia News Communication = Reporter Reakkana] South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said on Friday that an annual military exercise will start next week amid nuclear and missile threats from North Korea.
The Hoguk exercise, begins on Monday until Oct. 30 around the country, will involve the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps, and diverse programs will be staged, such as joint landing drills and those to defend northwestern islands in the Yellow Sea. "As an annual drill, the Hoguk exercise is defensive in nature, and focuses on maintaining our military readiness posture and to improve joint operations capabilities," the JCS said in a statement.
Thorough preventive measures against the new coronavirus and the African swine fever will be implemented, it said, adding that the scale and the overall plans would be similar to earlier ones. North Korea has often bristled at the drill, claiming the exercise is tantamount to an intrusion into the regime. Last week, the regime unveiled a new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) and a new submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) during a massive military parade. The North has also been working to modernize its conventional weapons system, including short-range ballistic missiles that can target South Korea.