Published: Mon, August 21, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

US, South Korea to conduct joint exercise Aug 21-31 - Pentagon

US, South Korea to conduct joint exercise Aug 21-31 - Pentagon

The exercise involves 17,500 American troops and 50,000 South Korean soldiers, according to the USA military command in South Korea and Seoul's defence ministry.

The usually low-profile mass-scale land, air and sea exercises have come under an unprecedented spotlight with some in Washington and Beijing, as well as Korean civilian activist groups calling for a suspension or scaling-down of the joint military drills.

The United States and South Korea originally planned to deploy two US aircraft carriers, a nuclear-powered submarine and a strategic bomber to the peninsula.

"We have seen no sign of that by what the president has done", said Mr. Cardin.

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North Korea's ballistic missile Hwasong-12.

The need for a nuclear deterrent was echoed even from a former security advisor to President Moon Jae-in, a liberal favoring re-engagement with the North and nuclear disarmament of both Koreas.

Given that the balance of power between the two Koreas is tilting toward North Korea, with the latter's developing nuclear weapons and missiles to deliver them, it may be natural for South Korea to seek to bring back "stability" to the change security dynamics by going nuclear, just like the U.S. and the Soviet Union did during the Cold War, they argued.

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Meanwhile, South Korea has a new top military officer to lead its armed forces.

Four workers were killed on Sunday in an explosion at an oil tanker being built in a South Korean shipyard, authorities said.

Tensions between the United States and North Korea have grown dramatically in recent weeks, with inflammatory statements coming from both sides.

The global community has so far failed to curb financing for North Korea's nuclear and missile program, the document added, noting that the processes aimed at making Pyongyang abandon its weapons of mass destruction have been undermined lately by the lax enforcement of existing sanctions and Pyongyang's evolving evasion techniques.

North Korea later said its leader would wait to "watch the foolish and stupid conduct of the Yankees" before deciding whether to conduct the missile test.

It later said it would postpone the missile launch, pending U.S. actions.

A confidential US intelligence assessment recently determined North Korea had created a miniaturized nuclear warhead.

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