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The Republic of Korea and the United States staged their largest-ever live-fire drill on Friday amid lingering tensions on the Korean Peninsula.
The one-day exercise in Pocheon, northeast of Seoul, involved some 2,000 troops along with jet fighters, tanks, Apache attack helicopters, missiles and multiple rocket launchers, the ROK defense ministry said.
In an official statement, the ministry said that the drill was aimed at checking solid military preparedness and war-fighting capabilities against enemy provocation.
Presided over by ROK Prime Minister Kim Hwang-sik, the joint drill included an airborne early warning and control aircraft called "Peace Eye" and T/A-50 light attack aircraft for the first time.
The first stage of the drill at Pocheon, 35 kilometers from the border, aimed to practice a response to shooting and shelling attacks on the ROK's border outposts.
The second stage assumed an all-out attack by forces of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, reports said.
Apache helicopters and A-10 aircraft were to strafe assumed enemy positions and two multiple rocket launchers of the ROK would join in the attack.
The exercise was to end with a cargo plane dropping ammunition and food to friendly forces and 60 commandos parachuting onto enemy positions.
Tensions are high after the DPRK's failed rocket launch in April, seen by the US and its allies as an attempted ballistic missile test.
Pyongyang has also threatened attacks on the ROK government and conservative media for perceived insults to its government.