Joint U.S.-South Korea military exercises create friction with the North

It seem that just about everything the United States does get under the skin of Kim Jong Un. Will it lead to war?

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UH-60 Black Hawk and AH-64 Apache helicopters take off from Republic of Korea, Military Base G510 March 26, 2007, during exercise Reception, Staging, Onward movement, and Integration / Foal Eagle 2007. The annual joint command post and field training exercise demonstrates U.S. resolve to support South Korea against external aggression while improving combat readiness and joint/combined interoperability. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Keith DeVinney) www.army.mil (The U.S. Army/Flickr)

KOREAN PENENSULA (INTELLIHUB) — Joint U.S.-South Korean military exercises are set to start on Monday and are scheduled to run all the way through Aug. 31, adding tensions on both sides of the demilitarized zone.

USA Today reports: “The 10-day exercise, called Ulchi Freedom Guardian, will involve 17,500 U.S. service members, including 3,000 from outside South Korea […]”

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