NEW Fox News articles can now be heard on audio! The largest joint military exercises between the United States and South Korea since 2018 got underway on Monday.
Aircraft, cruisers, tanks, and troops will all be involved in the Ulchi Freedom Shield drills, which will go through September 1. Although North Korea portrays the exercises as preparation for an invasion, the two nations jointly declared them as defensive.
The drills are being renewed after lesser events were held by the US and South Korea in the years after 2018.
With North Korea’s dictator Kim Jong-Un firing missiles and China conducting military drills near Taiwan, both North Korea and China have been more belligerent recently.
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Last week, North Korea categorically rejected requests from the South to denuclearize. North Korea might enter the global economy if it disarms its nuclear arsenal, according to a daring suggestion made by South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol.
Friday, Kim’s sister flatly rejected the proposition.
According to a statement released by Kim Yo Jong, “It would have been better for his image to shut his mouth, rather than uttering rubbish as he had nothing better to say.”
The enhanced cooperation between the forces of the United States and South Korea will also send a message to adjacent China, even if this week’s military exercises are not intended to target China as a prospective foe.
In recent weeks, the Chinese military has conducted vast and unprecedented live-fire training all around Taiwan. The nation has attributed the uptick in tension to visits made by American officials to the island.
The visit by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was the highest-ranking American politician since Speaker Newt Gingrich made it in 1997, but other delegations of American MPs have been going there for a long time.