US, South Korea to Hold Annual Military Exercise in August

Posted July 17th, 2011 at 11:15 pm (UTC-5)
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South Korea and the U.S. Combined Forces Command said Monday a major annual military exercise will begin on August 16.

The 10-day drill, called Ulchi Freedom Guardian, is a computer-assisted simulation exercise designed to improve the ability to defend South Korea. The focus will be on training service members while exercising senior leaders' decision-making capabilities.

The CFC says North Korea has been informed about the exercise and has been assured that the drills are defense-oriented only.

North Korea routinely slams military drills in the South as practice for an invasion. Washington and Seoul have repeatedly refuted the claims.