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Monday, 20 August 2012 - 19:14
South Korea, US start major annual military drill
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The South Korean and US military began an annual joint exercise to test defences against North Korea, a drill denounced by Pyongyang as a rehearsal for war.

More than 30,000 US troops, both those based in the South and some 3,000 from overseas, are taking part in the drill known as Ulchi Freedom Guardian, which ends on August 31st.

The drill does not involve field training and is largely a computer-simulated exercise.

US and South Korean forces insist it is defensive, while the North has called it "a dangerous act to ignite a new war".

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