SEOUL – United States troops stationed in South Korea conducted a drill in which they simulated destroying North Korean weapons of mass destruction at a time marked by the recent launch of a new missile by Pyongyang.
Soldiers from two infantry divisions participated in this exercise, called “Warrior Strike 7,” carried out at Camp Stanley, north of Seoul, and in a complex near the border between the two Koreas.
The information and images from the operation, whose date was not announced, were released Thursday on Flickr and on the official Facebook account of the 2nd Infantry Division of the US Forces in South Korea.
The operation consisted of disembarking on land by airborne units from the largest naval vessel of the South Korean navy – a Dokdo assault ship – which then proceeded to infiltrate different facilities to destroy or seize control of arsenals of weapons of mass destruction.
The images show operations and protocols related to the infiltration of radioactive, biological or chemical weapons, or the deactivation of missile heads.
The simulation comes at a moment of tension in the Korean peninsula due to repeated weapons trials of the Kim Jong-un regime and the hardening of Washington’s rhetoric following the arrival to the White House of Donald Trump.
The new US administration has hinted at the possibility of preemptive strikes on North Korea if Pyongyang insists on developing its nuclear and missile program.
The latest missile launched by the North Korean army, which Pyongyang defined as a new type of projectile, demonstrated excellent performance marking a new breakthrough for North Korea which aims to develop a nuclear missile capable of reaching US territory in the future.