South Korea and the United States announced this Thursday that they will carry out military maneuvers of the March 13 to 23 called “Freedom shield”exercises to which the dictatorship of kim jong unwhich has been conducting repeated missile tests, threatened to issue a “unprecedented” response.
“freedom shield is designed for strengthen alliance defense and response capabilities”was explained in a press conference in seoulin which spoke the spokesman for the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS), lee sung-junand the one of the US forces in Korea (USFK), Isaac Taylor.
The representative of the United States indicated that the premise of the exercise will focus on elements such as “the changing security environment, attacks by North Korea and the lessons learned from recent wars and conflicts”.
During the 11 days in which it will take place freedom shield there will also be a series of field maneuvers that have recovered the scale of the joint training exercises (Foal eagle) and that will receive the name of warrior shield.
military maneuvers Foal eagle they were exercises on the ground carried out regularly by the allies and which were suspended in 2019 to try to improve the atmosphere during disarmament talks with the North Korean regime.
One of those new “large-scale” field drills included in warrior shield It will be a amphibious exercise “to be done for enhance combined operations execution capabilities”, according to Lee explained.
In February Pyongyangwhich considers these maneuvers as a test to invade its territory, threatened to give an “unprecedented response” a Freedom shield.
The North Korean regime warned that if USA goes ahead with the regular deployment of strategic assets on the peninsula and continues with its plan to hold military exercises with South Korea, it could consider these actions as a “War declaration”.
The peninsula is experiencing a historic level of tension after 2022 in which North Korea, which has rejected offers to return to dialogue, carried out a record number of weapons tests and in which the allies once again carried out large maneuvers and deployed strategic assets such as nuclear-powered aircraft carriers or bombers.
Faced with the apparent lack of will to promote détente on both sides, experts have pointed out the growing danger of a miscalculation that could have fatal consequences.
Last February 2, South Korea and USA conducted joint air maneuvers that included a strategic bomber and stealth fighter aircraft, in response to threats from North Koreareported the news agency yonhap.
According to military sources, the planes flew over the yellow sea between China and the korean peninsula.
The military deployment came a day after the US Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austinand his South Korean counterpart, warned of an increase in maneuvers and a greater security cooperation in the face of the growing threat of missiles and nuclear weapons from the Kim Jong-un regime.
In the last exercises participated a strategic bomber B-1B and F-22 stealth fighters and F-35B of the US Air Force, as well as F-35As of South Korea.
(With information from EFE)
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