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South Korea’s Navy kicked off a drill on Thursday aimed at defending the country’s easternmost islets of Dokdo.
The drill is strongly opposed by Japan, which claims falsely that the islets belong to it.
Kim Hyun-bin reports.
According to a Navy official, the drills that began Thursday are an effort to defend Dokdo from possible aggression by outside forces.
That’s an apparent reference to Japan, which claims, wrongfully, that it holds sovereignty over the islets.
The warships involved in the two-day exercise include a 32-hundred-ton Gwanggaeto the Great-class destroyer and six other naval ships.
The coast guard as well as F-15k fighter jets and P-3 surveillance planes are also taking part.
On the islets themselves, marine units are conducting a landing drill.