U.S., South Korea will launch military exercise next week to counter North Korean threat

SpaceWar.com reports: “The United States and South Korea will kick off their annual springtime military exercise next week, both countries’ militaries announced Wednesday, with an emphasis on countering North Korea’s growing nuclear threat.

The Freedom Shield 2024 exercise consists of both computer-simulated and field-based training and will run from March 4-14, U.S. Forces Korea said in a press release.

This year’s exercise includes 48 joint field drills — almost twice as many as last year — including air assault and tactical live-fire and bombing drills, Col. Lee Sung-jun, spokesman for South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, said at a joint press briefing on Wednesday.

‘We will conduct training focused on neutralizing the North Korean nuclear threat,’ Lee said.

‘Our military is prepared to immediately and strongly punish North Korea’s provocations to the end, and through this exercise, we will further strengthen our readiness to respond firmly,’ he added…”

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