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U.S., South Korea to conduct maritime training against drug trafficking off Korean Peninsula

Asahi reported from Seoul that the U.S. Coast Guard and its ROK counterpart are expected to carry out a joint drill to stem drug trafficking in international waters off Jeju Island on Thursday, saying that the USCGC Bertholf and a Korean patrol boat plan to practice onboard inspections of unidentified ships. While noting that it is unusual for a USCGC ship to make a port call in South Korea, the daily speculated that the drill is also intended to display the two government’s commitment to prevent ship-to-ship transfers of sanctioned items involving North Korean vessels.

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