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S. Korea, U.S. begin war game amid N. Korean threat

S. Korea, U.S. begin war game amid N. Korean threat

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Published : 2010-03-30 14:32
Updated : 2010-03-30 14:32

South Korea and the United States began their annual computer-simulated war game on Monday, officials said, as North Korea threatened a "nuclear deterrent" against what it called preparation for invasion, according to Yonhap News.

The North Korean military said earlier in the day through the communist state`s official media that it put its 1.2 million troops on a "special alert" in response.
It also said it would retaliate against any attempt to invade its territory with "all offensive and defensive means including nuclear deterrent."
South Korea and the U.S., which will mobilize 56,000 and 10,000 troops, respectively, for the exercise ending on Aug. 27, say the Ulchi Freedom Guardian exercise is purely defensive.
South Korean defense ministry spokesperson Won Tae-jae said in a briefing that no unusual activity has been detected in North Korea, discounting the significance of the North Korean announcement.
"The alert appears to be a defensive measure. No unusual military activity has been observed in the North," he said.
Won added the special alert was put into effect for the North Korean army whenever the South and the U.S. held a joint war game in the past.
North Korea remains at war with South Korea and the U.S. after the 1950-53 Korean War ended in a truce rather than a peace treaty.
The U.S. has 28,500 troops stationed in South Korea, and the South and the North have each built up massive forces on their side of the Demilitarized Zone.

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