Armed Forces of the United States and the Republic of Korea host Ulchi Freedom Guardian, the annual joint military exercise. It kicked off on August 21 and will be running till August 31.
The drills take place amidst the aggressive behavior of North Korea, which has been testing its missiles and developing the program on nuclear weaponry. South Korean leader Moon Jae-in said that as quoted by Reuters.
‘We have no intention increasing the military pressure on the Korean peninsula; the drills are held annually, and they are purely defensive,’ the president told the government. ‘North Korea should not resort to any provocations, using these drills as an excuse for aggression,’ he said.
The U.S. also defines the exercise as solely defensive measure, denying Pyongyang’s accusations of preparing for aggressive military actions.
This year’s Ulchi Freedom Guardian will be including a computer simulation showcasing preparations for military face-off with North Korea, which is ready to land a nuclear strike. The drills may be involving about 17,500 U.S. servicemen; British, Dutch, Australian, Canadian, Columbian, Danish and New Zealand’s troops will also join in.