South Korea military drills - an unnecessary provocation?

Aug 22, 2017, 00:48
South Korea military drills - an unnecessary provocation?

This year's UFG comes amid brewing speculation about the future of the Seoul-Washington alliance as the two nations are under growing pressure to downsize their regular combined military training, which Pyongyang views as a rehearsal for a northern invasion.

These annual war games, in addition to the combined ground, air, naval field exercise that occur in the Spring, are needed, say military leaders, to train the constant influx of new soldiers being deployed in the field.

But a week later, Trump shared a Tweet, writing: "Kim Jong Un of North Korea made a very wise and well reasoned decision".

Earlier this month, US President Donald Trump vowed to respond to North Korea's actions with "fire and fury". "North Korea should recognize that its continued provocations are leading to a repeated vicious cycle of South Korea-US joint defensive drills".

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The exercise is defensive in nature, Mattis said, noting that joint exercises have been going on for decades.

North Korea has described Australia's involvement in war games between the US and South Korea as a "suicidal act".

South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Monday the joint drills are defensive in nature and not meant to raise tensions on the peninsula.

The U.S. and South Korea on Monday began 10 days of large-scale joint military exercises, but with a reduced number of troops and assets than had participated a year ago.

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While the allies are pushing ahead with the exercises that date back to 1976, around 17,500 U.S. troops will participate in the drills - a cutback from previous year. North Korea on the other hand wants the U.S.to drop its hostile policies before agreeing to talks.

"North Korea has shown it has no regard for the welfare of its own population, no regard for the security and good relations with its neighbours and no regard for global law", he said.

Commenting on the upcoming drills, the North Korean state newspaper Rodong Sinmun reported that the drills would contribute to escalating tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

"The dual freeze approach is China's attempt at buck passing and moral equivalency between USA actions and North Korean actions", Hass said. They were not deployed in the exercises past year.

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The joint US-South Korean drills last until Aug 31 and involve computer simulations created to prepare for war with a nuclear-capable North Korea, reported Reuters. The initiative has been supported by Russian Federation but rejected by the United States. "And had Pyongyang halted testing in 2015, Washington wouldn't be facing the imminent threat of a North Korean ICBM today". A little later, the communist country conducted its fifth nuclear test.

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