South Korean and US armed forces launched their largest-ever joint live-fire exercise on Thursday, simulating a “full-scale attack” on North Korea.
These large-scale preventive military maneuvers mobilized 2,500 soldiers and more than 600 pieces of military equipment and exposed the South Korean administration’s offensive strategy against its neighbors.
After showing videos simulating an enemy attack with images of Kim Jong-un and his missiles poised to land on the peninsula, the mock counterattack was launched in front of a few hundred spectators.
For an hour and a half, a barrage of explosives rained down on targets placed in a valley about twenty kilometers from the border between the two Koreas. Shelling from helicopters and fighter jets was followed by fire from tanks and other artillery vehicles.
The “extermination exercises” will be the largest since 1977 and will mark 70 years since the establishment of a military alliance between Seoul and Washington. According to South Korea’s Defense Ministry, its country has conducted military exercises with the United States 11 times since 1977.
The South Korean ministry clarified that the exercises are aimed at improving the combined operational effectiveness capabilities of allies. The United States and South Korea must take “preventive measures” to deal with North Korea’s nuclear threats.
The North Korean regime has multiplied its missile launches in recent years and significantly improved its military capabilities, but has not fired a missile in more than a month and has already warned that it will not tolerate such hostile actions at its gates.