| Source: AP
South Korean and US forces will hold their largest joint live-fire drills in June, the South Korean Defense Ministry said. The exercises are part of the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the alliance between the two countries.
“We have planned multi-year programs aimed at achieving ‘peace through strength’ by demonstrating our strategic deterrence capabilities to North Korea,” the ministry said in a statement. “During live-fire exercises, the combined forces will demonstrate the coalition’s formidable firepower and mobility in an unprecedented manner.”
In recent weeks, North Korea has stepped up its military tests. For example, the country launched an intercontinental ballistic missile last week and simulated nuclear counterattacks against the United States and South Korea over the weekend. The US has about 28,500 troops in South Korea.
US and South Korean forces have conducted a variety of military exercises in recent weeks, including the deployment of US B-1B bombers. Both armies conducted their first large-scale amphibious landing exercises in five years.
North Korea reacted furiously to those drills, saying they were a rehearsal for an invasion.
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