South Korea military drills - an unnecessary provocation?
Aug 22, 2017, 00:48
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.
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".
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.
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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He will also view the joint Ulchi Freedom Guardian (UFG) exercise during the trip that will run through Tuesday. If South Korea really wants no war on the Korean Peninsula, it should try to stop this military exercise.
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