South Korea will hold military drills near the heavily fortified border with North Korea this week, Yonhap News Agency reported Sunday.
The field-training exercises, set to start Monday and run through Friday in the border city of Paju, are designed to examine the military’s combat readiness, the Army was quoted as saying.
The drill comes amid lingering tensions with North Korea over its two deadly attacks on the South last year that killed 50 South Koreans, mostly soldiers.
South Korea regularly conducts its own military training across the country and also stages joint exercises with the US military to try to deter any possible aggression from the North.
The two Koreas are still technically at war as the 1950-53 Korean War ended in a truce, not a peace treaty. About 28,500 US troops are stationed in South Korea, a legacy of the Korean War.