As US-South Korea drills end, hopes up for cross-border peace
SEOUL (AFP) - The United States and South Korea on Tuesday wrapped up joint military drills that infuriated North Korea, raising hopes for an easing of cross-border military tensions.
The two-month-long "Foal Eagle" air, ground and naval field training exercise involved more than 10,000 US troops along with a far higher number of South Korean personnel.
"The drill is over but the South Korean and US militaries will continue to watch out for potential provocations by the North, including a missile launch," Seoul's defence ministry spokesman Kim Min Seok told reporters.
The North is still maintaining a number of missiles and missile launchers that were recently moved to its east coast in apparent preparation for a launch, Mr Kim added.