South Korea and the United Command of the United States will begin large-scale ten-day exercises Ulchi Freedom Guardian (UFG) on August 21. This is reported by the US Department of Defense.
"These exercises also emphasize the long-standing military partnership, strong friendship between the two countries, help to ensure peace and security on the peninsula and confirm the US commitment to the alliance," the report said.
Ulchi Freedom Guardian is a maneuver aimed at improving preparedness, protecting the region and maintaining stability on the Korean Peninsula, Pentagon officials say. According to officials, about 17,500 people from the United States will take part in it.
Also in the maneuvers will take part military personnel from Australia, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, New Zealand, the Netherlands and the UK.
On July 29, 2017, North Korea launched the intercontinental ballistic missile Hwasong-14.
As previously reported, the South Korean Ministry of Defense informed that the US military will transfer strategically important weapons systems to South Korea in response to a North Korean ballistic missile test.