South Korea and U.S. Conduct Joint Special Operations Forces Drills

SEOUL - The U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) announced on Monday that South Korea and the United States recently completed a combined special operations exercise. This exercise was part of ongoing efforts to strengthen deterrence against North Korean military threats.

According to Yonhap News Agency, the two-week exercise involved U.S. Army Special Forces Green Berets, a U.S. Navy SEAL team from the U.S. Special Operations Command Korea, South Korean troops from the Army's Special Warfare Command, and police officers from the Special Operations Unit. The exercise focused on urban-environment training with the objective of recovering time-sensitive targets in a dynamic setting. The USFK, however, did not disclose the exact date and location of the exercise. USFK spokesperson David Kim emphasized that such training events are routine and play a crucial role in enhancing mutual defense priorities for the region and serving as an integrated deterrence. The Republic of Korea (ROK) is the official name for South Korea. The announcement of this exercise coincides with heightened tensions on the Korean Peninsula, following North Korea's launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile into the East Sea, as well as a short-range ballistic missile launch the previous day.

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