US, South Korea to kick off major joint military exercise next week amid North Korea threats

SpaceWar.com reports: “The United States and South Korea will kick off a major joint military exercise next week, both sides announced Monday, amid ongoing regional tensions and provocative rhetoric from North Korea.

The annual Ulchi Freedom Shield exercise will take place from Aug. 21-31 and will include live field maneuvers, computer simulation-based command post exercises and related civil defense drills.

The joint drills come in response to evolving nuclear and missile threats from North Korea, officials said, while drawing on observations of warfare in real-world environments such as Ukraine.

‘Ulchi Freedom Shield 23 is designed to be a tough and realistic exercise to strengthen the combined defense posture and alliance response capabilities based on scenarios that reflect diverse threats within the security environment and lessons learned from recent wars and conflicts,’ U.S. Forces Korea said in a joint press statement with South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff…”

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