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Russia, North Korea to Hold Joint Naval Exercises

September 14, 2011


A Russian military spokesman says Russia and North Korea are to hold unprecedented joint naval exercises in 2012.

Lieutenant Colonel Igor Muginov told Russian media Tuesday that the bilateral maneuvers will take place next year and will focus on search and rescue operations.

The agreement was reached last month during a visit by North Korean leader Kim Jong Il with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.

Muginov did not give any further details on the drills.

The United States and South Korea regularly hold joint military exercises, including annual joint naval drills. In August, the allies held joint exercises in the Yellow Sea off the western coast of the Korean Peninsula.

The Yellow Sea is a flashpoint of tension between North and South Korea and the site of several deadly incidents during the past decade. U.S. commanders have described their exercises as defense-oriented.

  1. September 14, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    North Korea has a navy? I wasn’t even aware they had the fuel for one. The more ya know!

    • September 15, 2011 at 12:18 am

      I’m shocked myself!

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