Thursday, February 2, 2023

US and South Korea start military exercise

SEOUL, South Korea ( Associated Press) — The United States and South Korea on Monday began their largest joint military drills in years in the face of a growing nuclear threat from North Korea.

The move could spark an angry reaction from Pyongyang, which has stepped up its weapons tests at an unprecedented pace this year while repeatedly threatening conflict with Seoul and Washington amid long-stale diplomatic efforts .

The Ulchi Freedom Shield exercise will continue in South Korea from September 1 and will include field exercises with aircraft and fighter ships, tanks and possibly thousands of soldiers.

Although Washington and Seoul say their drills are for defensive purposes only, North Korea says they are invasion rehearsals that justify the development of nuclear weapons and missiles.

Cho Jong-hoon, a spokesman for the South Korean Unification Ministry, which is responsible for inter-Korean affairs, said Seoul had not yet detected any unusual activity on North Korean soil.

In recent years, the United States and South Korea have canceled some of their regular exercises and reduced others to computer simulations to make room for diplomatic efforts with North Korea, and concerns related to the COVID pandemic. Also due to .-19.

Ulchi Freedom Shield, which began with a four-day South Korean civil defense training program led by government employees, reportedly simulated joint attacks, re-supply of weapons and fuel to the front lines, and weapons of mass destruction. would involve the removal of

North Korea last week rejected South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeok’s offer of economic benefits in exchange for North Korean denuclearization measures, accusing Seoul of recycling offers that were rejected on previous occasions.

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