On Saturday the United States and South Korea began its joint military exercises despite protests from the communist state North Korea, which has stated that they believe the annual exercises are preparations for a pre-emptive nuclear attack.
Some 25,000 American soldiers along with a undisclosed number of South Korean soldiers, backed by the Abraham Lincoln, a nuclear powered aircraft carrier, will participate in the week long exercises. These exercises involve a computer-simulated war game and field exercises aimed at improving the U.S. and South Korean forces capabilities, according to the U.S. military.
North Korea can complain and protest all they want, it doesn't change the fact that we need to train with our allies and make sure they stay fresh with tactics, not to mention the fact that if anything ever happens it is a good idea to know how to work together.
" The purpose of the drill is defensive," said Kim Yong-kyu, a spokesman for the U.S. military command in Seoul, dismissing as " nonsense " North Korea's claims that the military exercises are preparation to invade.
North Korea broke off high-level talks with South Korea over the war games issue, saying the drills would also set back efforts to end the standoff over North Korea's nuclear weapons program.
About 29,500 U.S. troops are stationed South Korea as a legacy of the 1950-53 Korean War that ended in a cease-fire, not a peace treaty, leaving the two Korea's techically still at war.