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US and S Korea to hold war games

A US aircraft carrier is heading for the Korean peninsula a day after North and South Korea exchanged artillery fire on a border island, which left two South Korean soldiers and two civilians dead.

The USS George Washington, which carries 75 warplanes and has a crew of over 6,000, left a naval base south of Tokyo on Wednesday morning to join exercises with South Korea from Sunday, US officials in Seoul said.

“This exercise is defensive in nature,” US Forces Korea said in a statement. “While planned well before yesterday’s unprovoked artillery attack, it demonstrates … our commitment to regional stability.”

Read: US and S Korea to hold war games – Asia-Pacific – Al Jazeera English.

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