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. jj

    Isn't this military exercise kinda like throwing a log on the fire?

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

      US spreading the scorched earth policy in asia
      Nuclear war is imminent

      June 22, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • RodRoderick

      Just an Annual CALFAX with AF support. We do it every year.

      June 22, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Superman

    Every time the north Korea leader makes a mistake stick him in the iron maiden

    June 22, 2012 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  3. H

    The North doesn't have the guts. China and Russia will in no way back these guys because they are fiscal liabilities to their growth.

    June 22, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Superman

    Hey phillip its only illegal for gays to fornication only if they get caught right? I don't remember obama saying that at anytime and lets see the law signed that states that hmmm,,, as a gay male myself i don't see how anyone can stop those with same gender preference from enjoying each other

    June 22, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
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      June 22, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  5. BOMBO ©

    I was at a stag party once and watched thes two women, and the big one put on a massive military drill....

    June 22, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
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    June 22, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Superman

    @@@bombo,,,that's a good one at that time i would of gotten a big thrill outa that,,,superman here the real superman

    June 22, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
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    What did the #2 do to deserve this type of treatment?

    June 22, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
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    June 22, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  10. HIDE BEHIND

    The modt popular, and profit making, spectator sport in U S is War. virtual and real.

    June 22, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  11. james

    There constant threatining of using the few nukes they have is a joke.First China would stop them as well as Russia.The last thing the Chinese want is the use of nuclear weapons on the Korean peninsula..Add to the fact that N.Korea would be obliterated if they used nukes against the south.It would be a bloody convential war with the North overunning the South only to be pushed back and eventually surrender.

    June 22, 2012 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  12. jorge washinsen

    I can not understand why we think everyone should be exactly like us.Everytime we help create a new Democracy the weaker we get.

    June 22, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  13. jorge washinsen

    The two party system has destroyed a country.Add a third party and it is a sure thing.

    June 22, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  14. jorge washinsen

    Now you know why the Chinese is building carriers and the biggest military in the world.Just what would we do if they were sailng around off our coast showing off.Someone had better get control of this mess before it is too late.We do not need a third world war.

    June 22, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  15. jorge washinsen

    "Walk softly but carry a big stick.." quote.

    June 22, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
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