|USS SAN FRANCISCO PRESENTLY THOUGHT TO BE IN SOUTH KOREA AND PARTICIPATING IN THE EXERCISES DESCRIBED BELOW. OFFICIAL U.S. NAVY PHOTO BY PM2 MARK A LEONESIO|
SEOUL, Feb. 2 (Yonhap) -- South Korean and U.S. forces will conduct a three-day joint naval exercise next week in the East Sea, military officials here said Saturday, a move seen as a warning to North Korea ahead of its possible nuclear test.
"South Korea and the U.S. will launch the joint comprehensive military drills on Monday for a three-day run in the East Sea," a military official said. "It will include diverse exercises for anti-submarine, anti-aircraft and anti-ship training."
The communist country has threatened to detonate a nuclear device in retaliation for the U.N. Security Council's resolution condemning its Dec. 12 long-range rocket launch. Intelligence indicates that the North's third nuclear test is imminent.
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