North Korea Sees Planned US-South Korea Wargames as 'Catastrophe'

Lucy Bush
August 19, 2017

Earlier in the day, South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said that upcoming Ulchi Freedom Guardian exercise will be played out on a similar scale to that of past year, where 50,000 South Korean and 25,000 United States troops participated. "That's where we've been, that's where we are right now and that's where we hope to remain", he said.

The Canadian Armed Forces are sending 15 personnel to support a joint South Korean and American exercise as tensions between North Korea and the US remain high.

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Thousands of South Koreans gathered on Tuesday for a rally calling for peace on the peninsula amid heightened tensions between North Korea and the United States.

In a brief statement issued Friday, the North Korean state-run Korean Central News Agency declared the drills would "further drive the situation on the Korean Peninsula into a catastrophe".

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A South Korean government source who spoke to SBS anonymously said Seoul agreed with the proposal to scale back.

The July 15 article "N. Korea Softens Tone, Says U.S. Can Avoid Crisis" [World & Nation] mentions the upcoming annual defensive military drills involving the U.S. and South Korea.

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The DPRK has denounced it as a dress rehearsal for northward invasion, though the two allies insisted on the nature of defense of the annually-held computer-assisted simulation exercises. In 2014, during a different military exercise, the North fired Scud missiles in protest. "We have to do our best to prevent North Korea from declaring (full nuclear armament)", the Air Force general told the lawmakers.

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