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South Korea-US drills to overlap with North-South reunion

Published on Feb 10, 2014 9:04 AM
 
A North Korean soldier (top L) keeps watch as South Korean soldiers stand guard at the truce village of Panmunjom in the demilitarised zone separating the two Koreas, north of Seoul on Feb 6, 2014. 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. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

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.

 
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