South Korea, United States plan military exercises

Feb 10, 2014, 6:19 AM EST
South Korean soldiers wearing gas masks move to a positon during an anti-terror drill on the sidelines of South Korea-US joint military exercises, called Ulchi Freedom Guardian, in central Seoul on August 21, 2013.
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South Korea and the U.S. have announced that their annual military drills will take place from 24 February to 18 April, despite anger from North Korea. Pyongyang warned against the planned drills last week, calling them "exercises of war". Meanwhile, the U.S. said it was disappointed that the North rescinded an invitation to a U.S. envoy to discuss the release of a jailed U.S. citizen.

Background:

South Korea-U.S. exercises announced as Kenneth Bae visit blocked [BBC]

U.S. and South Korea to hold military drills despite protest from Pyongyang [Reuters]

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