The United States and South Korea will hold joint military exercises

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The Republic of Korea and United States Combined Forces Command will begin the annual Ulchi Freedom Guardian exercise on August 21 and will be continued through - August 31, 2017.

The Aug.21 to Aug.31 exercises involve computer simulations created to prepare for the unthinkable: war with nuclear-capable North Korea. The US describes them as "defensive in nature", a term North Korean state media has dismissed as a "deceptive mask".

"The drills deal with all the steps involved in a war, of course, towards victory", said Moon Seong-mook, a retired South Korean brigadier who regularly participated in the drills until the mid-2000s.

According to the Pentagon, at least 17,500 USA service members would be taking part in the exercise, as well as troops from other countries such as Australia, Colombia, Canada, New Zealand, Denmark, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

There will be no field training during the exercise, according to US Forces Korea.

Mattis stressed, however, that the Trump administration is pursuing its goal for a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula via diplomatic means.


North Korea (About this sound listen), officially the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK; Chosŏn'gŭl: 조선민주주의인민공화국; hancha: 朝鮮民主主義人民共和國; RR: Chosŏn Minjujuŭi Inmin Konghwaguk), is a country in East Asia, in the northern part of the Korean Peninsula.

The state-run Korean Central News Agency also quoted Kim on Monday warning Washington about the upcoming drills.

29 July 2017 North Korea launched an Intercontinental ballistic missile Hwasong-14.

Reuters/Emmanuel BraunThe U.S. Military will proceed its war games with South Korea this August amid threats from North Korea.

Ulchi Freedom Guardian is a maneuvers to increase readiness, protect the region and maintain stability on the Korean Peninsula, say Pentagon officials.

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