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South Korea military drills - an unnecessary provocation?

South Korea military drills - an unnecessary provocation?”

South Korea's President Moon Jae-in said Monday the drills are defensive in nature. The state-run Korean Central News Agency this week called them "reckless saber-rattling" and warned that they could spark an accidental war.

USA and South Korean troops have begun annual military drills amid heated warnings by the North that the exercises will worsen tensions in the region.

The Ulchi Freedom Guardian exercise will begin on Monday and will conclude on August 31.

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"As long as the threat from North Korea exists, we need to maintain a high state of readiness to respond to that threat", Dunford told reporters in Beijing last week.

But a week later, Trump shared a Tweet, writing: "Kim Jong Un of North Korea made a very wise and well reasoned decision". "If the United States engages in drills simulating an invasion of North Korea, it is not considered a provocation, but if North Korea reacts with missile tests and verbal attacks, it is deemed a threat to the whole world", Cho told DW. He also cautioned North Korea to "not exaggerate our efforts to keep peace" nor to use the exercises as an excuse to engage in provocations.

The numbers of USA troops involved in this years drill are a reduction from last year and U.S. defence secretary James Mattis said the reductions were "by design to achieve the exercise objectives".

"This right now is an exercise to make certain that we're ready to defend South Korea and our allies over there", he said, adding that "because of the specific circumstance, we want it to be a command post-heavy, command post exercise".

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"The latter would suggest that we think a low-key approach might encourage (North Korea) restraint and eventually open a door to dialogue", he added in an e-mail to Stars and Stripes.

But Daniel Pinkston, a military expert who teaches at Troy University in Seoul, says the US-South Korea drills will not push the region to a war. However, the US and South Korea maintain they are purely defensive.

Last year's Ulchi-Freedom Guardian event involved almost 80,000 troops in land, sea and air drills.

"These exercises also highlight the longstanding military partnership, commitment and enduring friendship between the two nations, help to ensure peace and security on the peninsula, and reaffirm USA commitment to the alliance", a defense official said in the statement announcing the exercise.

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It remained unclear whether the drills would involve nuclear-capable long-range bombers and other strategic weapons from the United States. "And had Pyongyang halted testing in 2015, Washington wouldn't be facing the imminent threat of a North Korean ICBM today".



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