The US and South Korea began their preliminary training Tuesday, with official computer-simulated drills taking place between August 16 和 26, 根据当地媒体.
Speaking on Monday, US State Department spokesman Ned Price said he had no specific response to the North Korean statements but emphasized the drills were “purely defensive” in nature.
Price said the US “harbors no hostile intent” toward North Korea but remained committed to the security of South Korea.
Kim Yo Jong, the powerful sister of North Korea leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday warned that the US and South Korea would “face a more serious security threat” for ignoring repeated warnings against their joint military drills.
She said peace on the Korean Peninsula would never be achieved unless “war equipment deployed by the US in South Korea” is removed.
The annual drills
— 哪一个 were a cornerstone and recent common feature of the defense relationship between the two militaries
— have been scaled back in recent years
, 包括在 2018 to help facilitate dialogue on dismantling the North’s nuclear program and in
2019 following the failed summit in Hanoi between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un
Drills in 2020 and this year were also scaled back due to the coronavirus pandemic, with training focused on computer simulations, 根据当地媒体.