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. Dave Speziale

    I wish no war takes place and ends when we wake up

    November 28, 2010 at 2:18 am | Report abuse |
  2. tomcat

    Amen.

    November 28, 2010 at 2:34 am | Report abuse |
  3. Truth

    For those clamouring for war, are you oblivious of the fact it could easily turn into America's deadliest war. If North Korea possibly has nuclear arms, a single bomb could wipe out the USS George and its entire fleet. Yes America would win in the long run but at what price?

    November 28, 2010 at 4:25 am | Report abuse |
  4. hsr0601

    Pretty sure North Korea = China in the different names of one country, or a military branch & a lapdog.

    November 28, 2010 at 6:35 am | Report abuse |
  5. ***dude***

    Be brave americans. We confront evil and we do not back down. From the school yards, to our local towns, to city gangs, to international drug lords and rouge nations, we must defend against evil and protect what is righteous.

    November 28, 2010 at 6:57 am | Report abuse |
  6. Vast

    Yes boys and girls, this is no Iraq. North Korea lights a nuke over our battle group and it's Game On like the current service generation has never imagined.

    November 28, 2010 at 7:27 am | Report abuse |
  7. phil

    Nk has a nuclear program. We all know this. So who supplies NK with uranium?

    November 28, 2010 at 7:43 am | Report abuse |
  8. phil

    I have seen and been involved in countless debates concerning Iran and Israel's nuclear programs. And we keep very close tabs on who supplies uranium to Iran. Yet not a single word about who supplies N. Korea with uranium. This is very strange.

    November 28, 2010 at 7:47 am | Report abuse |
  9. phil

    Hmmm. It got awful quiet here. I guess everyone is on google trying to find out who's been supplying N. Korea with uranium all this time. By now they're finding out it's not China as they had hoped.

    November 28, 2010 at 8:27 am | Report abuse |
  10. tomcat

    phil still the antagonist i see. this does seem more than a little sabre rattling. with tensions at such a high state one mistake, one knee jerk reaction could send these games rollin down hill like a snowball headin to hell. both sides should be very wary.

    November 28, 2010 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
  11. phil

    Tomcat, how ya doin'? Antagonist? It's a common-sense question I've been asking here for months. Do you not find it odd that we keep tabs on who supplies Iran with uranium, but we aren't even remotely interested in who supplies NK?

    November 28, 2010 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
  12. Avon Barksdale

    I have a question. Why does America get to have nuclear bombs but no other country can? Anytime any other country even thinks about getting nuclear bombs were ready to go to war. Are we the boss of the world? Get ready America, it looks like were really gonna see that ending to 'The Planet of The Apes' movie come true. I hope im wrong but North Korea is not gonna back down and u know we wont either.

    November 28, 2010 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  13. ***dude***

    Hey dr badboy! Are you a muslim?

    November 28, 2010 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  14. Avon Barksdale

    Dr Bad im gonna give you a few CNN headlines that will be about you in the not too distant future. 1.'Mehdi General Dr Bad' a CNN blogger has been arrested today after a 5 month investigtion by the FBI and the CIA into multiple threats made by Dr Bad on CNN's website. 2. Today the mad blogger better known as Dr Bad was sentenced to 25 years in a Federal prison after a jury found him guilty on 5 counts of Terroristic Threats and Acts.

    November 28, 2010 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  15. tomcat

    @phil i have been better, thanks. in responce as to the source, we know that nk has its own mines, i tend to lean toward the same countries that supplied the US.

    November 28, 2010 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
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