US Announces New Military Exercises with South Korea

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. and South Korea are planning two major military exercises off the Korean Peninsula in response to North Korea's torpedo attack on a South Korean warship.

A Pentagon spokesman says the exercises focus on detecting and defeating submarine attacks. Defense Department spokesman Bryan Whitman says U.S. and South Korean forces will soon conduct two types of naval exercises: one aimed at improving their joint ability to detect and repel submarines and another focused on dealing with threats from surface ships.

President Barack Obama has ordered the U.S. military to "ensure readiness" to help South Korea deter future aggression by the North.

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