US and South Korea to begin joint military drills

Vastavam web: South Korea and the US on Monday began joint military military drills despite strong opposition from North Korea, which has conducted three missile tests in the past two weeks. The two allies conducted their usual maneuvers in a new format after deciding to scale them down as agreed in inter-Korean summits and the meetings between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump with a view to reducing tensions and fostering dialogue, Efe news reported.

The new Dong Maeng exercises, which replace the earlier Key Resolve and Foal Eagle maneuvers, will take place over a period of about two weeks and include a drill on how to handle a military emergency on the Korean peninsula, the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff announced on Sunday evening.

Over the last two weeks, Pyongyang has conducted three tests of short-range ballistic missiles, calling them “a solemn warning” to Seoul over its planned maneuvers with Washington and a way to perfect a “large-caliber multiple-launch guided rocket system”.