South Korea holds live-fire naval war games following North Korea’s nuclear test

South Korea has carried out live-fire naval war games off its eastern coastline a day after staging ground and air force drills in response to the North Korean hydrogen bomb test.

On Tuesday, the South Korean Defense Ministry said its warships, including a 2,500-ton frigate and 400-ton guided-missile vessels, took part in the naval maneuvers responding to potential provocations by Pyongyang following its Sunday nuclear test. The ministry added that more naval drills will take place in waters south of the Korean Peninsula from Wednesday to Saturday.

On Monday, the country’s army and air force conducted joint war games, involving F-15 fighters and land-based ballistic missiles, simulating an assault on the North Korean main nuclear site. South Korea said that the goal was to “strongly warn” North Korea over its sixth nuclear test.

Meanwhile, South Korean media are speculating that North Korea is preparing for an ICBM missile launch.