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S. Korea, US Air Forces Launch Major Drill

5/7/2012 5:56 AM ET

The Air Forces of South Korea and the United States on Monday began a joint drill west of the Korean Peninsula to sharpen their air prowess.

About 60 warplanes from both the countries, including a U.S. aerial refueling aircraft, are taking part in the annual 'Max Thunder' exercise which will continue until May 18, a Defense Ministry spokesman said in Seoul.

The exercise comes amid growing concerns that the Communist neighbor North Korea may conduct a third nuclear test despite call by the United Nations urging it to desist from nuclear and missile testings.

The two allies have held regular drills twice a year to prepare for air battles with North Korea or attacks on military bases. South Korea had announced last month that it had deployed cruise missiles that can strike any part of the North.

by RTT Staff Writer

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