S. Korea Combat Ready if Provoked by N. Korea
North Korea has threatened to cancel the armistice agreement that ended the Korean War in 1953 in response to sanctions by the UN Security Council and the scheduled holding of the joint military exercise Key Resolve by South Korea and the U.S. on Monday.
"If South Korea and U.S. continue their wartime practices on March 11th, we will completely nullify the armistice agreement."
Tensions are rising on the Korean Peninsula with Pyongyang repeatedly threatening to start an all out war.
However, the Key Resolve exercise will conduct 10 days of a wartime computer simulation training exercise as planned.
This year's training is focused on improving the prompt dispatch of military equipment and troops from the U.S. mainland to South Korea in case of the outbreak of war.
There are over 10-thousand U.S. troops and over 200-thousand South Korean soldiers participating in this year's exercise.
For this year's exercise U.S. is expected to mobilize an aircraft carrier, stealth fighter jets, and strategic bombers.
"Key Resolve is a command post exercise, and Foal Eagle is conducted outdoors to test the mobilization of our troops to increase the personnel that will be dispatched."
This year's exercise will focus on how to fully utilize both U.S. and South Korean troops in a wartime situation.
South Korean military officials have emphasized that if North Korea is provocative in any way during the duration of the exercise, South Korea and the U.S. will switch to combat readiness.
Kim Hyun-bin. Arirang News.
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