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    South Korea and the United States on Monday began three-day long joint exercises aimed at increasing the allies' preparedness for potential biological attacks, the South Korean Ministry of National Defense said.

    TOKYO (Sputnik) — The United States and South Korea have been holding joint exercises to simulate their response to possible biological weapon attacks annually since 2011.

    "The latest South Korea-US biological defense exercise will examine and enhance the countries' combined response system regarding the naturally- or intentionally-raised biological threats that can take place on the Korean Peninsula," the ministry said in a press release.

    The joint drills, dubbed Able Response 2015, include the participation of defense ministry representatives from both countries, as well as medical personnel and members of other agencies and organizations related to biological weapons.

    South and North Korea are still formally at war, as no peace treaty was ever signed after the Korean War of 1950-1953.


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