US, South Korea War Games Start Monday; Pyongyang Warns of 'Catastrophe'

Marsha Scott
August 20, 2017

USA officials say the exercise is created to "increase readiness", though again this comes after weeks of claiming that United States troops were already ready for war with North Korea at a moment's notice.

Thousands of USA and South Korean soldiers will begin military exercises on Monday, prompting China and North Korea to respond by asking the two countries to cancel the drills. Pyongyang, however, warns against the military drills.

Strategic assets of the USA military, including an aircraft carrier and a nuclear-powered submarine, may not be deployed during the upcoming joint exercises on the Korean peninsula.

There are fears by US, South Korea and Japan that the nuclear activities of North Korea has been on the increase after President Kim Jong Un threatened to strike the USA territory of Guam but later halted the action.

North Korea's Central News Agency released a statement citing that if the joint exercises were to proceed then it would spell "catastrophe" for the region. Last year's exercise is known to have had a total of 25,000 US troops, including 2,500 overseas reinforcements.

Two days ago, President Donald Trump described North Korea's decision to delay any military action against the USA territory of Guam as a "very wise and well reasoned decision".

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Soldiers of the combined forces take part in a joint military exercise at a beach in Pohang, North Gyeongsang Province on November 12, 2016.

According to Stars and Stripes, this year's upcoming war games between the United States and South Korea will consist of 3,000 servicemen only.

Far from the dusty firing ranges just south of the heavily fortified border with North Korea, US and South Korean troops hunch over laptops and screens wearing earphones and camouflaged combat uniforms, according to photos of past UFG drills on the United States Forces Korea website.

Kim's military has been conducting intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) tests since July with some success.

The Aug.21 to Aug.31 exercises involve computer simulations created to prepare for the unthinkable: war with nuclear-capable North Korea.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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