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S. Korea to join U.S.-led combined military exercise in Hawaii to prevent proliferation of WMDs Updated: 2022-08-09 17:07:57 KST

South Korea is joining a U.S.-led combined military exercise taking place in Hawaii, along with 20 other countries.
The five-day exercise is aimed at preventing the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.
Bae Eun-ji reports.

The U.S. Department of State announced Monday local time that it is hosting the 'Fortune Guard 22' in Honolulu, Hawaii from Monday through Friday.
It added that it will hold live exercises to demonstrate Weapons of Mass Destruction interdiction capabilities.
21 countries including South Korea, the U.S., and Japan will engage in a wide range of related activities, from whole-of-government rapid decision making to operational interdiction, seizure, and disposition.
During the drill, they will also share information on a chemical, biological and nuclear response.
The exercise will also feature expert briefs and a scenario-based tabletop discussion.

"The PSI exercise is a drill aimed at preventing the illegal proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and related materials. As for South Korea, the Ministry of Defense is jointly taking part in the exercise, along with relevant ministries including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Korea Coast Guard."

The latest exercise is part of the 'Proliferation Security Initiative', or PSI. established in 2003 by the U.S. to stop or impede transfers of weapons of mass destruction and related items flowing to and from states and non-state actors of proliferation concern.
The U.S. initiated Asia-Pacific PSI exercises in 2014.
Participating countries have also hosted their own exercises, like Eastern Endeavor in South Korea, Pacific Shield in Japan, and Pacific Protector in Australia.
Bae Eun-ji, Arirang News.
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