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Friday, May 15, 2015

S. Korea stages military drill to defend Dokdo

Dokdo exerciseSouth Korea is conducting a military drill to defend its easternmost islets of Dokdo amid Japan's renewed claims to the territory, military officers said Friday.

The Navy, jointly with the Coast Guard, "are carrying out the two-day drill from yesterday on and around the rocky outcroppings in the East Sea," said a Navy officer, requesting anonymity. "It is designed to deter any trespassers on our territory via a sea or air route."

The exercise has been carried out twice a year since 1986, with the latest taking place in November last year despite protests from Japan.

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