US, S Korea planning major military exercises amid tensions with N Korea

Source: The Hill | February 28, 2024 | Brad Dress

US, South Korea planning major military exercises amid tensions with North Korea

The U.S. and South Korea will launch an 11-day military exercise on the Korean Peninsula beginning next week as tensions continue to rise with North Korea after Pyongyang abandoned reconciliation with Seoul and has re-militarized the border.

Freedom Shield 2024 is set to run from March 4-14, U.S. Forces Korea said this week, and the drills will involve virtual and field training across multiple domains, including land, sea, air, space and cyber.

The drills will also focus on countering nuclear capabilities, which comes after North Korea has ramped up missile tests and increased its arsenal of nuclear weapons in recent years.

Several countries from United Nations Command, a group formed to protect South Korea, will also support the exercises — including Australia, Belgium, Canada, Colombia, France, the U.K., Greece, Italy, New Zealand, the Philippines and Thailand.

U.S. military spokesperson Col. Isaac Taylor said at a press conference that the military exercises will “increase interoperability and enhance the combined operation capabilities of the alliance.”


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