SEOUL, Aug 7 (Bernama) -- South Korea will send seven staff-level officers to a US-supported peacekeeping military exercise in Mongolia, the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said Saturday, Yonhap News Agency reported.

The Khaan Quest 2010 exercise, which kicked off earlier in the day and runs through Aug 22, is a US Pacific Command assisted endeavor designed to train military personnel from many countries to assist United Nations peacekeeping operations (PKO) around the world.

The seven Korean officers are expected to take part in staff-level exercises and medical support drills related to PKO operations.

According to Yonhap the first joint exercise took place in the landlocked Asian country in 2003, with South Korea participating in 2006 as an observer.