U.S., South Korea put on massive military drill
A South Korean helicopter attacks an "enemy" target during a live-fire exercise Friday south of the Demilitarized Zone.
June 22nd, 2012
10:12 AM ET

U.S., South Korea put on massive military drill

U.S. and South Korean forces on Friday conducted what they called their largest live-fire military exercise since the end of the Korean War, according to reports from South Korea.

More than 2,000 troops plus fighter jets, helicopters and armor from both nations participated in the hourlong exercise, conducted as about 4,000 spectators looked on, according to a report from Stars and Stripes.

The exercise took place in Pocheon, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) southeast of the Demilitarized Zone that marks the border between North and South Korea.

Enemy territory during the exercise was marked by a large North Korean flag unfurled on a hillside, according to the report. After it was obscured by smoke during the U.S. and South Korean attacks, the North Korean flag was replaced by one from the South to signal victory.

"We train together to ensure we are ready to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with our (South Korean) army partners if called upon,” said Lt. Col. Joe Scrocca, a spokesman for the U.S. Army's 2nd Infantry Division. “We are a more lethal force together than we would ever be separate.”

Meanwhile, the U.S. aircraft carrier George Washington was to lead a large naval drill off South Korea beginning Saturday, according to a report from the Yonhap News Agency. About 8,000 military personnel, along with about 10 ships and submarines, were to participate.

"Throughout the joint military exercises, South Korean and U.S. forces will show off their resolute capabilities," Yonhap quoted South Korean Navy Brig. Gen. Park Seong-bae as saying.

He warned North Korea not to react in a hostile manner.

"We will immediately retaliate against any provocations from North Korea," Yonhap quoted the general as saying.

The North reacted angrily after naval drills this week between U.S., South Korean and Japanese forces.

"The dangerous moves to knock into shape the triangular military nexus is an act going against the trend of the times for regional peace and stability, including on the Korean Peninsula," read a piece in the ruling party newspaper Rodong Sinmun, according to Yonhap.

"Dark clouds of a new war are thus hanging heavily in Northeast Asia, including the peninsula," the newspaper said, according to Yonhap.

And before that North Korea's official state media Korean Central News Agency called the exercises provocations.

"Even the slightest provocation on the peninsula may promptly lead to an all-out nuclear war between both sides and a regional war because it is the region where the world's biggest military forces including nukes are concentrated and there is neither lasting mechanism nor guarantee for averting a war," the North Korean agency said.

Tension in the Korean peninsula has escalated since North Korea's shelling of a South Korean island in 2010, which killed four, and sinking of a South Korea warship that killed 46 sailors in a torpedo attack blamed on the North. The North has denied it was behind the attack.

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  1. bobcat (in a hat)©

    A man walks into a bar and notices his friend sitting alone staring at a tiny man on the table playing the piano.
    "Wow, look how small he is, where did you get him?!" Says the man.
    "Oh, well there's this genie round the back of bar, and he grants you whatever wish you want."
    Sure enough, the man goes round the back of the bar and there sits a genie.
    "You grant wishes right?"
    "Yes." replies the genie.
    "Hmm, I'd like a million bucks."
    Then, out of nowhere, a million ducks appear, and waddle behind the annoyed man as he goes back into the bar.
    "Look, that genie must be hard of hearing. I asked for a million bucks, and he gave me ducks instead .
    His friends sitting at the table replies,
    "Well yeah, do you really think I asked for a twelve inch pianist?"

    June 22, 2012 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Keri

      That joke is old and stale you must be a loser

      June 22, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Don't most guys ask for twelve-inch pianists?

      June 22, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      @ Keri
      Since you seem to be an authority about losers, I must as sume you are one yourself. Now that being said, the following list is exclusively for you :

      Signs that Keri is a loser :

      1. Your dog rather rub up against the wall than have you pet it.
      2. All the numbers in your little black book start with "1-900."
      3. Due to excessive hazing and ridicule, you decided to drop out of the Origami Club.
      4. You were almost involved in a three some, but your left hand fell asleep.
      5. Fantasizing out loud before falling asleep is your idea of "pillow talk."
      6. Your personal ad reads: "Seeking Anybody."
      7. Next to your name in the phone directory, the phone number is replaced with the phrase "Who cares?"
      8. You look forward to the dinner time calls from telemarketers.
      9. The last time you were invited to a party, you were grooving to the lyric, "Put your right foot in, take your right foot out."
      10. You spent last summer following around the 2000 Bible Belt Trekkie Convention Tour.

      June 22, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • jack

      Good one 🙂

      June 22, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marcrates

      I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that I predict one would actually get more chicks with a 12 inch pianist... Have you been to a piano bar before? I'm just sayin..

      June 22, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • DaveYoung

      What was Barack doing in the bar in the first place ? He was supposed to be on the golf course.

      June 27, 2012 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
  2. SPQR

    In war from what I understand part of defeating your enemy is cutting off their supply lines for ammo, meds and food for their troops.

    So how can you beat your opponent when the origin of the supply is outside that country ?

    June 22, 2012 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Lee S

      If anything does happen and China is doing that there will be an immediate stop on most if not all Chinese goods in the US and Im sure a bevy of other countries will join in and deny other commodities such as oil etc. The US is stil the big time buyer and supply could be cut to keep prices from going out of control. China has 1.3+ billion people to feed.

      June 22, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pete

      @SPQR,its really easy,just threaten the intended suppliers,saying sanctions or worst will be brought against them,boxing them in so to speak,a no brainer if you're intelligent.The US military should give SKorea more advanced ,more powerful weapons to use,just for show,giving NKorea and others that S Korea is a major player not to be screwed with.Also read SunTzu: The Art of War,you'll learn something from these ancient teachings.

      June 22, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • mp

      How 'd you cut food to an army already w/o food ? anyways..

      June 22, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rick from L.A.

      By cutting off the routes from which those supplies flow.

      June 22, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eddie

      @SPQR,
      Cutting off the Enemies' supply lines is one of the methods by which a country might bring an end to a war, but it's not the only way to obtain victory. (It usually doesn't work because the people that suffer the most aren't the ones waging the war.) The best strategic method would be to cripple or destroy the war making capability of the agressor nation. While these "Annual" exercises in South Korea inflame the North, it has served to ready the South to "Take the Fight North" (Wolf Pack members/alumni will understand that line). Unlike the 1950's, it's doubtful that the North would find the same support from China that it found then.

      June 22, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • wert

      There supply line is china and lets get real no one wants to see a war on that scale too much death to be had and everyone involved would lose big.

      June 22, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pharos

      Make the border radioactive.

      June 22, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    Isn't this a yearly event?
    (Maybe not on this scale, however...)
    SK performs some drills, and NK get pist.
    NK needs to focus on how they are going to feed their own citizens, instead of conquering new ones...
    Yeah, yeah, new one is same as the old one...

    June 22, 2012 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  4. Rick

    Sounds like Team Spirit – except that was always held in February when the weather sucked.

    June 22, 2012 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      Probably Ulchi Focus

      June 22, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Ralph in Orange Park, FL

    Every year they hold military drills. Every year the North Koreans complain about them.

    June 22, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pete

      Ralph,Last year if all remembered some S Koreans were killed by N Korean missiles being fired on one of their islands in retaliation for these same war games,they say it was a mistake,but no apologies,it happens every year,wait and see!!

      June 22, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Lobelia

    Gotta love this caption below the picture: "A South Korean helicopter attacks an "enemy" target during a live-fire exercise Friday south of the Demilitarized Zone." Are we readers really that ignorant that we need clarification that South Korea did not conduct a live-fire exercise within North Korean territory or within the Demilitarized Zone?

    June 22, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Lobelia:
      The article states quite plainly that the excercize took place 20 miles SE of the DM zone.

      June 22, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  7. 2ND2NUN

    Who would've guessed...

    June 22, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  8. ouy

    Quit wasting money on fireworks displays. use the bombs on the north already.

    June 22, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  9. blogger v blogger

    Always taking it personal...attacking someones person rather than taking issue with exactly what said person posted that got your bowels in an uproar.
    Military drill? You call THAT (N. Korean excercize) a "massive" military drill? What did you call the military invasion of the Iraqi peoples? Gargantuan?

    June 22, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Don't know what else you may be referring to, but Keri called bc(iah) a loser, so Tbc(iah) made a whole joke about Keri being the same.
      Equaled the playing field, so to speak.
      Cheers!

      June 22, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  10. HIDE BEHIND

    Now this is a place where we can have a realy good show, if only we can find an extra satelite to film it live, can you imagine the potential profits to be made.
    There are plenty of corporate satelites that could beam it live worldwide.
    US Government could sell the vieeing rights and keep a % of all advertizing profits and reprod sales.
    This would make the battle of the fattest and world men running after a ball chpionships combined pale in comparison.
    Imagine the revenues. ; americans would all have free health., education and a Percent of the gate as a guaranteed profit.
    The beauty of it would be not one american would be harmed, our military could have all the funds it needs and our private contractors could be kept busy for years rebuilding the destroyed lands.
    Casinos couldake a bundle and for common folk let them just pick a side on scratch offs.
    We could add a sin tax and use it to wipe out all hunger in, oh pick any poor nation.
    Be good publicity.
    I' d gladly pay for a Live war channel and just thinkhow much safer we would be here in the USA.

    June 22, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Philip

    @ 'wert' 1:07...correct. The USA's supply line is in fact China. Both for goods and [credit] services.
    N. Korea has never purchaes enriched uranium from China. Always GB and USA, even legally after George W. Bush's energy policies were enacted.
    Check your facts. 🙂

    June 22, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  12. comingsoon

    Boogyman! works out everytime.

    June 22, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Philip

    Prior to GW Bush's first national energy policy being made, N. Korea purchased enriched uranium from a NY agency, illegally. But on paper, it looked like it was coming from GB. However, Bush's energy policy made it legal for US corporations to export enriched uranium even to "axis of evil" nations.
    To the best of my knowledge, nothing has changed under President Obama except it's illegal for gays to fornicate in the Army.

    June 22, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Superman

    Exercises off this coast line is provacation we should not even be that close to north korea let them start it and then ee step in are we not done playing war pigs?

    June 22, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Allister crowlley

    Hi phillipy and where's your Mary,,, you always pop up at the same time as me both of us under different un to like i said discernment i can follow you even though im blind i can still see the chill in the fire will save your soul

    June 22, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • TWIMFTT

      um what?

      June 25, 2012 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
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