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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

South Korea and the United States hold a large scale live-fire exercise

South Korean and U.S. troops held a joint live-fire exercise on April 26 amid mounting tensions on the Korean peninsula.The two countries staged the live fire drill featuring a wide array of army aviation, artillery and armoured vehicles at an artillery range in Pocheon, about 50 km (about 31 mile) northeast of Seoul.

South Korean defence ministry said about 2,000 troops from both countries participated in the drill and they used 250 military weapons including K2 tanks, Bradley fighting vehicles, multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS), Apache helicopters and A-10 combat jets. The joint drill called the Integrated Firepower Exercise 2017 was held on April 13, 21 and 26.

The video was filmed on April 21 and it has been under embargo until 0600 GMT April 26. There are around 28,500 U.S. troops stationed in South Korea, where the United States has maintained a large military presence since the 1950-53 Korean War.