South Korea-US drills to overlap with North-South reunion
SEOUL (AFP) - South Korea and the United States said on Monday they would begin joint military drills on Feb 24, overlapping with a planned North-South Korea families’ reunion which Pyongyang has already threatened to cancel.
The annual “Key Resolve” and “Foal Eagle” exercises – condemned by North Korea as a rehearsal for invasion – will be held from Feb 24-April 18, the allies’ combined forces command announced in a statement.
A combined total of 12,700 US forces will participate in the two drills, the statement said, adding that North Korea had been informed of the dates and the “non-provocative” nature of the manoeuvres.
North Korea has repeatedly called on Seoul and Washington to scrap this year’s exercises, warning at one point of an “unimaginable holocaust” if they went ahead.