U.S. and South Korea soldiers took part in the military exercise from Pocheon, Gyeonggi Province on March 2, 2011. The practice aimed at displaying soldiers’ readiness against any possible threats and testing capabilities of the Stryker vehicles, a part of ongoing annual joint military drills between the two countries.
Lieutenant Colonel Ted Stephens said that it was important for both South Korean and U.S. soldiers to maintain “fight tonight readiness”. He also added all plans and equipment needed to be kept at a high level in order to defend South Korea.
Before this event was conducted, South Koreans shouted slogans during a protest against the South Korea-U.S. military drills in Seoul on March 5, 2011.
Some 40 soldiers and four Stryker take part in the training exercise
The Stryker vehicles have been deployed in South Korea from Fort Lewis, Washington, for the Key Resolve/Foal Eagle annual drills
The annual joint drills run through April and feature 35 – 40 exercises
South Korea and the United States have wrapped up their second round of talks on revising a nuclear cooperation agreement set to expire in 2014. The two sides discussed the basic framework for the new pact to enhance industrial and commercial cooperation in the nuclear power sector. The South Korea’s storage facilities for spent-fuel from nuclear power plants are expected to reach capacity in 2016.
This year, the drills involve 12,300 U.S. troops and some 200,000 South Korean soldiers
The live-fire exercise is designed to mainly focus on testing the Stryker vehicles
The inter-Korean relations had become not good last year due to the sinking of a South Korean warship Cheonan and the shelling of a bordering Yeonpyeong Island, which South Korea blamed on Pyongyang.
The Stryker vehicles allow troops to move to the battlefield quickly and are able to traverse in any type of train
The Stryker has many different components and uses
These vehicles feature gas-powered engine
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