South Korean television network SBS reported Friday the United States canceled plans to deploy the strategic assets during the drill set to begin next week, and the move is taking place a week after tensions spiked between Washington and Pyongyang.
Change comes following rumors of secret negotiations between US and North KoreaThe number of US troops participating in this year's US-South Korea Ulchi Freedom Guardian (UFG) joint exercise, which will start from August 21, has decreased in comparison to last year.
A day after the United States and Japan both stepped up defence cooperation with the two allies moving to strengthen their partnership as tensions in East Asia remain high over North Korea's nuclear threat, South Korea and the USA are gearing up for war games to counter any potential threat from Pyongyang. The war game, which involves approximately 30,000 US soldiers and 50,000 South Korean troops, has triggered violent reactions from North Korea in the past.
"We can not stand the fact the enemy tries to form schemes to assassinate our leadership", North Korea's state news agency, KCNA, said in July.
Reuters/Emmanuel BraunThe U.S. Military will proceed its war games with South Korea this August amid threats from North Korea. Training exercises like UFG are carried out in the spirit of the October 1, 1953, ROK-U.S.
Donald Trump warned North Korea last week that the country would face "fired and fury" if it continued to threaten the United States.
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The news comes amid fears that the joint military exercises could ignite a new global war. South Korean President Moon Jae-in said that its neighbor is crossing the red line with these tests.
29 July 2017 North Korea launched an Intercontinental ballistic missile Hwasong-14.
There will be additional troops participating from Canada, Denmark, Australia, Colombia, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and New Zealand.
The Aug.21 to Aug.31 exercises involve computer simulations created to prepare for the unthinkable: war with nuclear-capable North Korea.