Two days after North Korea’s biggest nuclear test, South Korea’s navy held major live-fire drills on Tuesday to warn the North against any provocations at sea.
The drills, conducted in the East Sea (Sea of Japan), involved the 2,500-tonne frigate Gangwon, a 1,000-tonne patrol ship and 400-tonne guided-missile vessels, among others, the Navy said in a statement.
“If the enemy launches a provocation above water or under water, we will immediately hit back to bury them at sea,” Captain Choi Young-chan, commander of the 13th Maritime Battle Group, said in a statement.
North Korea on Sunday triggered global alarm with by conducting the most powerful atomic test till date. Pyongyang claimed it was a hydrogen bomb that could be mounted onto a long-range missile.
In retaliation, the South’s military launched a volley of ballistic missiles simulating an attack on the North’s nuclear test site.
After the test, US President Donald Trump spoke to South Korean leader Moon Jae-In and both agreed to remove limits on the payload of the South’s missiles, fixed at 500 kilograms according to a 2001 bilateral agreement.
Trump also said he was willing to approve the sale of “many billions of dollars’ worth of military weapons and equipment from the United States by South Korea”, according to a statement released by the White House.
(With inputs from agencies)