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US and South Korea begin biggest joint military drills in years

Joint military drill scheduled to end on 1 September

Alisha Rahaman Sarkar
Monday 22 August 2022 15:06 BST
Related: North Korea will face sanctions if conducting nuclear test, South Korea says

The US and South Korea on Monday began their largest joint military drill in years in a show of their preparedness amid heightened tensions with North Korea.

The Ulchi Freedom Shield annual exercises will involve aircraft, warships, tanks and potentially thousands of troops before concluding on 1 September.

South Korean president Yoon Suk-yeol, who took office in May, vowed to “normalise” the combined exercises and boost deterrence against the North as it continues to threaten to upgrade its nuclear capabilities.

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