US, S Korea Stage Military Exercise to Train Strike on North's Nuclear Assets

© Flickr / U.S. Pacific FleetThe aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan
The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan - Sputnik International
A US-South Korean military drill to train a preemptive attack on North Korea is set to begin in Alaska on Monday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The planned rehearsal of combined attacks on the North’s leadership and military assets comes after Pyongyang confirmed having tested a nuclear technology for the second time this year.

A sales assistant watches TV sets broadcasting a news report on North Korea's fifth nuclear test, in Seoul, South Korea, September 9, 2016. - Sputnik International
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The USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier will reportedly be forward-deployed to the region on October 10-15 in time for a joint maritime exercise. The drills will last until October 21.

North Korea warned the United States and the South last month that their reckless behavior was pushing the region to the brink of a war and said Pyongyang had means to counter any attack from Washington.

Tensions on the Korean Peninsula intensified in September after the North claimed to have successfully exploded a nuclear warhead, having previously detonated a hydrogen bomb in January.

The September 9 test is believed to be the fifth and largest blast since Pyongyang began pursuing nuclear and ballistic missile programs. The UN Security Council condemned it as a repeated violation of its resolutions.

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