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Wednesday, September 21, 2016
South Korea, US to simulate attack on nuclear facility
Seoul (CNN)South Korea and the United States will conduct a mock attack on a nuclear facility next month, an official with the South Korean Defense Department told CNN.
Though the official said the drills are not aimed particularly at North Korea, the announcement comes less than two weeks after North Korea claimed to have successfully tested a nuclear warhead -- its second nuclear test this year and fifth one ever.
The US and South Korea will also simulate what to do in the event of a sudden missile attack.
North Korea's nuclear test prompted a strong rebuke from the international community, with South Korea saying it was "getting ready for the worst case scenario."
The simulation, dubbed joint exercise "Red Flag," will take place in Alaska from October 3 until October 21.
North Korean state media called the South "puppet warmongerers" when reporting the upcoming military drills.
In its announcement, South Korea said the nuclear facility attack simulation will take place using a GBU-31 Joint Direct Attack Munition, a kit that converts bombs that normally just free-fall from planes into guided munitions.
A GBU-31(V)3/B 2,000 lb penetrator is loaded into the weapons bay of a USAF B-1B during combat operations over Iraq in 2003.
The weapon system made its debut during NATO's air campaign in the Kosovo conflict and was most recently used in NATO's 2011 Libya campaign, according to the US Air Force. READ MORE