The United States and South Korea have kicked off joint naval drills, in the face of rising tensions with North Korean leaders who have vowed a third nuclear test.
The drills will last three days and include live-fire exercises, as well as naval and submarine drills, according to NBC. North Korea media characterized the drills as a pre-emptive attack, NBC continued, and said that Worker's Party leader Kim Jong-Un has sent out “important” guidelines to boost the nation’s military force.
“We assess that North Korea has almost finished preparations for conducting a nuclear test anytime and all that’s left is North Korea making a political decision” to do so, South Korea Defense Ministry spokesman Kim Min-seok said Monday, according to NBC.
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