09:53 - 21/08/2017
The United States and South Korea on Monday began their joint military exercises, which Pyongyang had warned in advance that it would escalate tension on the Korean Peninsula.
"The South Korean army announced the start of the joint exercise, which involves tens of thousands of military personnel and was called" Ulchi: the freedom guard, "the Sky News website reported.
"The maneuvers rely heavily on fake military operations with computers, which are supposed to last for two weeks," she said.
"The exercises are defensive, but Pyongyang sees it as a provocative attempt to invade its territory, and therefore it looms each year with military reprisals in response to it," Washington and Seoul said.
Some 50,000 South Korean and 17,000 US military personnel will participate in the exercise, compared to 25,000 US military personnel who participated in the exercises last year, which have been held annually since 1976. Ending / 25 z