Australian troops join S Korea-US landing drill
20 April AFP
Australian combat troops have for the first time taken part in annual
South Korea-US joint military drills, a South Korean defense ministry
The 18-member army unit joined a landing drill held near the
southeastern city of Pohang as part of the Foal Eagle US-South Korea
joint military exercise, the spokesman said.
Australia is a member of the 16-nation United Nations Command, and
fought alongside South Korea during the Korean War against North Korea
Australian casualties in the 1950-53 war numbered more than 1,500, of
whom 340 were killed, according to the Australian War Memorial's
Participation in the recent drill marked the first time combat troops
from a United Nations Command member state had joined a US-South Korea
joint exercise since the Korean War, the spokesman said.
The inclusion of Australian troops followed a request from Canberra
"to gain experience in joint military exercises", he added.
The month-long exercises started on April 5 involving 3,000 South
Korean and US marines.
The Korean peninsula has been in a state of heightened military
tension since North Korea carried out its third nuclear test in
Incensed by fresh UN sanctions and joint South Korea-US military
exercises, Pyongyang has spent weeks issuing blistering threats of
missile strikes and nuclear war.