Kim warns Trump: ‘Reckless’ anti-terror drill near the border could trigger ‘uncontrollable phase of nuclear war’ as 17,500 US troops and 50,000 South Korean soldiers kick off 11-day military exercise

Monday, August 21, 2017
By Paul Martin

Operation Ulchi Freedom Guardian are largely computer-simulated war games and are held annually
North Korean state media said the regime believes the training exercises are a prelude to an invasion
Emergency services practised drills earlier today designed to deal with a chemical or biological attack
North Korea normally responds to the annual war games with some form of weapons test

21 August 2017

The U.S. and South Korea have begun annual anti-terror drills involving almost 70,000 troops near the border with North Korea, antagonizing Kim Jong-un’, who has threatened an ‘uncontrollable phase of nuclear war’.

The exercises, which are due to last for 11 days, normally prompt some form of weapons test by North Korea.

The Ulchi Freedom Guardian drills are largely computer-simulated war games held every summer and have drawn furious responses from North Korea, which views them as an invasion rehearsal. Pyongyang’s state media on Sunday called this year’s drills a ‘reckless’ move that could trigger the ‘uncontrollable phase of a nuclear war.’

Despite the threat, U.S. and South Korean militaries launched this year’s 11-day training on Monday morning as scheduled. The exercise involves 17,500 American troops and 50,000 South Korean soldiers, according to the U.S. military command in South Korea and Seoul’s Defense Ministry.

No field training like live-fire exercises or tank maneuvering is involved in the Ulchi drills, in which alliance officers sit at computers to practice how they engage in battles and hone their decision-making capabilities. The allies have said the drills are defensive in nature.

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