S.Korea, US to stage massive joint war games

Sunday, August 15, 2010
By Paul Martin


SEOUL (AFP) – US and South Korean troops will stage massive joint war games this week to deter North Korea, despite its threats of retaliation, military officials said Sunday.

About 30,000 US soldiers will take part in the 10-day exercise from Monday, a US military spokesman said, adding an unspecified number of American soldiers based in the United States would join in via computer networks.

Some 56,000 South Korean soldiers will be mobilised for the computerised war games, called “Ulchi Freedom Guardian”, a defence ministry spokesman said.

In a message posted on a US military website, General Walter Sharp, who heads some 28,500 US troops based in the South, described the exercise as “one of the largest joint staff directed theatre exercises in the world.”

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