November 27th, 2010
07:51 PM ET

Report: U.S., South Korea begin war exercises

[Updated at 10:35 p.m.] North Korea deployed surface-to-air missiles to near its Yellow Sea border with South Korea days before joint U.S. war exercises with the South were set to get under way on Sunday, South Korea's official Yonhap news agency reported, citing unnamed government sources.

"[North Korea's missiles] appear to be targeting our fighter jets that fly near" North Korea's Yellow Sea border with South Korea, the source said, according to Yonhap.

South Korea and the United States began assembling ships for joint war exercises Sunday off the west coast of the Korean peninsula in the Yellow Sea, a source at the South Korean Joint Chiefs told CNN.

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[Original post, 7:51 p.m.] South Korea and the United States have begun war exercises off the west coast of the Korean peninsula, according to South Korea's official news agency Yonhap.

"The drills started around 6 a.m. Sunday with the USS George Washington joining our warships in the Yellow Sea," an official at the South's Joint Chiefs of Staff told Yonhap.

North Korea had warned of unpredictable "consequences" if the United States fulfilled its vow of deploying the aircraft carrier USS George Washington to the Yellow Sea for joint military maneuvers with South Korea.

Earlier this week, North Korea shelled Yeonpyeong Island, killing four South Koreans. North Korea said the South provoked the Tuesday attack because shells from a South Korean military drill landed in the North's waters. South Korea was holding its annual Hoguk military drill when the North started its shelling, and the South returned fire.

The U.S.-South Korean exercises were planned months ago and are meant to underscore strong ties between South Korea and the United States, defense officials from both countries have said.

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  1. amber

    Omg. This is provocation....sign...y can't the US just stay out of it.

    November 27, 2010 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tracy Murray

      Yes , Amber , I agree , do we really need another war ? I fear Canada will soon follow and join with South Korea and the U.S in their silly useless fight with North Korea .

      November 27, 2010 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nate

      We're being provocative??? If our "wargames" with the South are provocative what do you call the North dropping artillery rounds into civilian areas in the South? I call it murderous. Innocent civilians are being killed and all you want to know is how we can avoid any involvement. Way to go.

      November 27, 2010 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
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      November 27, 2010 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Kim

    It's not that easy. Diplomatic relations are a very complex and dangerous minefield. Backing out of plans by not sending the aircraft carrier would send the message that the US is afraid of North Korea, or bending to the will of China. We have to remain firm by showing our commitment to helping South Korea, but at the same time, we need to send a message that we aren't out to start a war. It's a thin line to tread, and the fact that Kim Jong-Il's son is eager to prove his might in the current transition of power, packaged with N. Korea's history of being rather unstable and trigger-happy, makes the situation all the worse.

    November 27, 2010 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  3. dawn

    It is North Korea that is provocating.

    November 27, 2010 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nate

      Provocative is an understatement. Dropping artillery rounds into civilian neighborhoods is more than provocative. It's grounds for an all out strike against the North. If anything, the US and the South ought to be praised for their RESTRAINT!

      November 27, 2010 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Tara

    Time to wind up the doomsday clock again already?

    November 27, 2010 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
  5. ali

    we want peace not another war please

    November 27, 2010 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ali

    Please obama do not start another war.

    November 27, 2010 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • GeorgeBushDemocrat

      He has not started one war, so he could not possibly start "another".

      November 27, 2010 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Pieter

    well you cant call it provocation from the us/south korea side... Shooting on south korean ground is... i just hope that north korea doesnt see this "training" as provocation... WwIII is the last thing we need at this moment...........

    November 27, 2010 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Elscion111

    North Korea would be stupid to try something w/ United States in the area for war games....I bet there's bombers in the sky waiting for NK to mess up so they could make it rain w/ bombs...

    November 27, 2010 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  9. jackie holt

    Sounds like the n koreans are going to make the same mistake the libians made back in the 80 s

    November 27, 2010 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jr

    North Korea has a insane leader but stupid he's not to get involved with the USA.

    November 27, 2010 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
  11. athan

    It's not abt afraid of North Korea, or bending to the will of China. It's abt how much u eager for peace, no war! Politic can be complicated if the will is not there.

    November 27, 2010 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jr

    I just hope for peace.

    November 27, 2010 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
  13. 100percent

    Geez just invade already. A few days of US air strikes could disable the NK military then we give the keys to SK to formally unify the two countries. From what I hear the SK military is quite capable of handling this.

    November 27, 2010 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Phil

    2.2 million active personnel, 1.2 million reserve personnel, and 383 million conscriptable civilian males in China, not to mention a workforce of countless millions if it went WWII style. If it goes nuclear, it really doesn't matter anyway. We do not want to get into war with a country that holds our credit of trillions of debt for W's Iraq debaucle.

    You would have to be incredibly naive to think that the UN would have any clout at all if the US is on the losing side of a 21st century Treaty Of Versailles when the dust clears...

    November 27, 2010 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
  15. MrsBadArmyNurse

    Aww my baddie oomkins I've missed you. I made you that pork shawarma you like.

    November 27, 2010 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
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