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n annual U.S.-South Korea joint military drill is now underway. North Korea had some harsh words of criticism for the exercises, saying it will resort to an all-out war.
An annual United States-South Korea joint military drill is underway on Monday despite North Korea's threat of waging a war.
On Sunday, North Korea's state-run television reported the reclusive country would respond to the joint military drills with (quote) "all-out" war if there was any provocation.
South Korea says the drills are part of annual defense exercises.
[Chun Hae-sung, Spokesman, South Korean Unification Ministry]:
"As you are aware, the Key Resolve and Foal Eagle, which is joint military training between South Korea and the United States, is an annual exercise of defensive nature. Saying that the exercises are an invasion or provocation and criticizing them will not help inter-Korean relations."
Around 30 protesters gathered at the military command headquarters in Sungnam, south of Seoul, and staged a rally against the latest joint military drill.
[You Young-jae, Protest Leader]:
"The war game which has mobilized more than 200,000 troops has started. We're strongly urging them to stop this war drill because it will hamper dialogue which has been initiated."
The exercises involve about 13-thousand U.S. troops and two hundred thousand South Korean troops and runs through April 30th.