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U.S., South Korea step up drills on watch for Pyongyang nuclear test

Latest exercises follow barrage of North Korean missile and artillery displays

South Korean and U.S. troops practice rebuilding damaged bridges and transporting military equipment across rivers in Yeoju on Oct. 19.  (Photo by Junnosuke Kobara)

YEOJU, South Korea -- The U.S. and South Korea are conducting military drills at their fastest pace in years to show their readiness as tensions rise on the divided Korean Peninsula.

South Korean and American forces on Wednesday practiced replacing bridges destroyed by enemy fire in order to transport tanks and other equipment in the northern city of Yeoju, as part of their annual Hoguk field exercise that began Monday and runs through Oct. 28.

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