Published: Sat, August 19, 2017
Economy | By Annette Adams

Korean soldier injured in artillery drill dies

Korean soldier injured in artillery drill dies

USA and South Korean military units will begin the annual Ulchi Freedom Guardian exercise Monday, the Defense Department announced today. In addition, Neutral Nations Supervisory Commission observers will monitor the exercise to ensure it is in compliance with the Armistice Agreement for the Restoration of the South Korean State (1953).

The exercise, called ULCHI Freedom Guardian, is set to begin on Monday. The article talks about Kim's comments holding the possibility that friction could ease if the United States made some sort of gesture. If South Korea really wants no war on the Korean Peninsula, it should try to stop this military exercise.

According to the Department of National Defence (DND), ULCHI Freedom Guardian is an annual worldwide training event created to "practice scenarios of provocation, regional and global crisis management, and conflict transition on the Korean Peninsula".

According to the Pentagon, at least 17,500 USA service members would be taking part in the exercise, as well as troops from other countries such as Australia, Colombia, Canada, New Zealand, Denmark, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

The UFG drill is a command post exercise, which does not involve field training operations.

Strategic assets, including a US strategic bomber, may not be deployed as originally planned for the upcoming Ulchi Freedom Guardian exercises.

North Korea has fired missiles and taken other steps in response to the war games in the past.

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.

After a week of high tensions, Pyongyang also stated leader Kim Jong Unwould "monitor" the United States before taking unprecedented measures against Guam, the location of a key US air force base.

North Korea has already released a statement regarding the announced exercise through the Central News Agency.

Dunford restated Washington's "ironclad commitment" to the security of its close Asian ally, Japan, on Friday, telling his counterpart in Tokyo that "an attack on one is an attack on both of us".

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