In parallel with Operation Ulcsi Freedom Shield, which runs until September 1, South Korea is also conducting separate four-day civil defense exercises. The goal of the military and civilian exercises is to enhance and prepare the country’s defense capability to change ways of warfare, including fending off cyber threats.
Maintaining peace on the Korean Peninsula is built on our tight security structure
– South Korean President Chok Seol-joon announced at a cabinet meeting.
North Korea had previously regularly condemned the joint exercises between South Korea and America and claimed that the two countries were preparing for an invasion against the communist dictatorship. The last joint military exercise of a similar size was held in 2017, after which the scale of operations was scaled back due to the coronavirus epidemic, and in addition, Jun’s predecessor, former President Moon Jae-in, took a more conciliatory tone. With Pyongyang, because he wanted to resume the stalled negotiations. John on the other hand
Want to boost deterrence and make large-scale joint exercises regular again.
The two countries began preparations for the exercise last week, to which North Korea responded by firing two ballistic missiles. MTI quoted officials in Seoul and wrote: Pyongyang is also preparing for another nuclear explosion, the seventh now. John promised to provide economic aid to North Korea if Pyongyang gets rid of its nuclear weapons, but the dictatorship rejected the proposal.