Reports say from August 21 to August 31 both countries will launch military exercises- no tanks involved but with keyboards in exercises involving computer simulations created to prepare for the unthinkable: war with nuclear-capable North Korea. However, in the event that North Korea and the USA conducted secret negotiations to reduce the scale of the UFG following North Korea's recent threats of missile strikes around Guam, it seems possible that the scale of the joint military exercise has decreased. Tensions between the USA and North Korea continue to remain high as the rogue nation accelerates its development of nuclear missiles.
In a brief statement issued Friday, the North Korean state-run Korean Central News Agency declared the drills would "further drive the situation on the Korean Peninsula into a catastrophe". Training exercises like UFG are carried out in the spirit of the October 1, 1953, ROK-U.S.
Two days ago, President Donald Trump described North Korea's decision to delay any military action against the US territory of Guam as a "very wise and well reasoned decision". It might push North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un to fire missiles aimed at Guam in the United States. If South Korea really wants no war on the Korean Peninsula, it should try to stop this military exercise.
Tensions rose further between the USA and North Korea when the rogue nation said it conducted two successful ICBM tests in late July. South Korean President Moon Jae-in said that its neighbor is crossing the red line with these tests.
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According to Stars and Stripes, this year's upcoming war games between the United States and South Korea will consist of 3,000 servicemen only.
According to the Pentagon, at least 17,500 USA service members would be taking part in the exercise, as well as troops from other countries such as Australia, Colombia, Canada, New Zealand, Denmark, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.
The war games are expected to be finished by August 30.