Military responds to North Korean nuclear test with show of force and new missile deployment

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South Korea has responded to Sunday’s nuclear test by North Korea with a huge show of military force and moves to boost its ability to counter missile attacks from its neighbour.

The army and air force drills, held at an undisclosed location on Monday morning, involved launching ballistic missiles in a simulated strike against North Korea’s Punggye-ri nuclear test site – the scene of Sunday’s controlled detonation of what Pyongyang claimed was a powerful hydrogen bomb capable of being loaded on to an intercontinental ballistic missile.

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