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South Korea winds down military drills

Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - 01:23

April 30. - Tensions are still high in the region as South Korea winds down military drills and seeks new talks over shuttered industrial zone. Tom Dinham reports.

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South Korea's defence ministry remains on high alert against possible North Korean provocation as the country winds down joint military drills with the United States. The drills, code-named Foal Eagle, started on March 1st and involved joint land, sea and air manoeuvres. About 200,000 Korean and 10,000 U.S. combat personnel were mobilized for the two month-long exercise. (SOUNDBITE) (Korean) SOUTH KOREAN DEFENCE MINISTRY SPOKESMAN KIM MIN-SEOK SAYING: "We're ending the Key Resolve and Foal Eagle exercises as of today, but South Korean and U.S. military will closely monitor the North's possible provocations and its movements as well as its possible missile launches." The joint drills came in the aftermath of a widely-condemned North Korean nuclear test in February that raised tensions in the peninsula. Among the measures taken by North Korea was the closure of the joint Kaesong industrial zone, where 123 South Korean companies employ North Korean workers to produce an array of goods. The zone was a lucrative source of cash for the North, providing it with almost $90 million a year. Despite remaining tensions, South Korean Unification Minister Ryoo Kihl-jae said on Tuesday the South was open to talks on the zone.

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South Korea winds down military drills

Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - 01:23