Airmen from the 8th Security Forces Squadron participate in a shoot, move and communicate drill during a three-day combat readiness training exercise at Kunsan Air Base, South Korea, on Monday, Aug. 3, 2015. NICK WILSON/U.S. AIR FORCE
Airmen from the 8th Security Forces Squadron participate in a shoot, move and communicate drill during a three-day combat readiness training exercise at Kunsan Air Base, South Korea, on Monday, Aug. 3, 2015. NICK WILSON/U.S. AIR FORCE

US-S. Korean military drills to proceed despite N. Korean objections, officials say

by Kim Gamel and Yoo Kyong Chang
Stars and Stripes

SEOUL, South Korea — The United States and South Korea will conduct joint military exercises as planned later this year, officials said Thursday, despite warnings by North Korea that the drills may affect the resumption of nuclear talks or prompt more nuclear or missile tests.

Exercises conducted on a regular basis by the allies have long infuriated the North, which considers them a rehearsal for an invasion.

President Donald Trump announced last year that he was “stopping the war games” following his historic first summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as diplomacy reversed months of tensions over the North’s nuclear program.

The military canceled major drills but replaced them with smaller-scale, mainly computer-simulated training conducted with a lower profile. The allies are preparing to hold the next one later this year as planned, South Korea’s Ministry of National Defense said Thursday, although it did not provide a date.

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