United States and South Korea to Conduct Military Exercises on August 21-31

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The announcement of the joint military exercise comes after North Korea had threatened to fire a missile close to the waters of Guam.

The DPRK has denounced it as a dress rehearsal for northward invasion, though the two allies insisted on the nature of defense of the annually-held computer-assisted simulation exercises. "That's where we've been, that's where we are right now and that's where we hope to remain", he said.

UFG is computer simulated defensive exercise created to enhance readiness, protect the region and maintain stability on the Korean peninsula. Approximately 17,500 US troops will take part, with about 3,000 coming from off-peninsula.

"Canada enjoys long-standing relationship with the Republic of Korea dating back to before the Korean War, and Canadian Armed Forces members are proud to contribute to United Nations Command and participate in Exercise ULCHI FREEDOM GUARDIAN", the DND said.

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USA officials say the exercise is created to "increase readiness", though again this comes after weeks of claiming that United States troops were already ready for war with North Korea at a moment's notice.

"I think we should stick to the principle of denuclearization (on the Korean Peninsula)", he said when asked about lawmakers from the main opposition Liberty Party of Korea, who vowed to push for redeployment of USA tactical nuclear weapons to prevent against the North's military threat.

"Considerations for the safety of all Canadian Armed Forces personnel, including those deployed to Exercise ULCHI FREEDOM GUARDIAN, are at the forefront of our military planning and decision making processes."

"I think it is important for us to use dialogue and pressure the resolve the situation diplomatically".

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