S. Korea holds live fire drills amid rising tensions with North
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South Korean Navy vessels steamed in their nation’s southern waters in a display of military strength on Tuesday as tensions continue to rise over the North's threats and weapon tests. The live-fire exercise was conducted in retaliation to North Korea’s sixth nuclear test on September 3, and was intended to check the Navy’s combat position in case of potential maritime provocations. The drills saw a 2,500-ton Gangwon frigate, a 1,000-ton patrol ship, 400-ton guided-missile vessels and 130-ton high-speed boats maneuvering in the Sea of Japan (called the East Sea by South Korea). Seoul has said that further naval exercises are to be carried out from Wednesday to Saturday.