South Korea Holds Military Drills Ahead of Winter Olympics to Prepare For Terror Threats, War

The South Korean city of Pyeongchang is preparing for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games by ramping up security measures — including banning some 36,000 foreigners from coming to the country while the event takes place.

According to a CBS News report, South Korea has carried out numerous military exercises preparing for possible terrorist attacks, hostage situations, and other potentially dangerous incidents. Government officials have ensured they are ready for everything from a bomb-strapped-drone attack to a chemical weapon strike.

South Korea also added a major troop surge in the city with over 60,000 forces now in the region.

Additionally, the nation is preparing for any event that could happen with their rival North Korea — as the host city is roughly 50 miles from the Kim Jong Un’s country. While the US and South Korea reportedly do not expect a violent incident to break-out between the two countries — given that many North Korean officials will be in attendance at the Olympics — there are concerns of cyber attacks.

The XXIII Olympic Winter Games — or PyeongChang 2018 — will be held this year between the dates of February 9 to 25.

Watch above, via CBS News.

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