The US and South Korea began joint military exercises to strengthen their defense and response capabilities in the region.

The US and South Korea began joint military exercises. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon) (Ahn Young-joon/)

the armies of South Korea and USA began this Monday their big spring military maneuvers at a time marked by enormous tension on the peninsula and the north korean threat to provide “an unprecedented response” to these exercises.

the maneuvers freedom shieldbased on computer simulations that contemplate scenarios in which North Korea attacks the south of the peninsula, started and will last 11 daysas confirmed to EFE a spokesman for the South Korean National Defense Ministry.

Both Armies previously said that the computer simulation is designed to strengthen defense and response capabilities allies amid growing nuclear threats from North Korea and other changing security environments. They said the field exercises would also return to the scale of their previous larger field training called Foal Eagle which was last held in 2018.

USA South Korea Freedom shield (PHOTO: AP)
The maneuvers are based on simulations that contemplate scenarios in which North Korea attacks the south of the peninsula. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon) (Ahn Young-joon/)

For the first time the exercises will be carried out without taking a break on the weekendwhich will be the longest set of command post maneuvers ever carried out by the allies.

Framed in Freedom shield, the South Korean and American armies will carry out around about twenty field exercises under the common name warrior shield that they have “regained the scale of Foal eagle”.

The Foal eagle military maneuvers were regular field exercises conducted by the allies that were suspended in 2019 to try to improve the atmosphere during disarmament talks with the North Korean regime, which are currently at a dead end.

It is expected that a nuclear powered aircraft carrier American to take part in the exercises in the coming days.

USA South Korea Freedom shield (PHOTO: AP)
For the first time the exercises will be carried out without taking a break on the weekend. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon) (Ahn Young-joon/)

On the eve of the start of the allied exercises, North Korea launched two cruise missiles from a submarine after firing a salvo of at least six short-range ballistic missiles on Friday.

Pyongyang He usually considers these maneuvers as a rehearsal to invade his territory and on this occasion he has promised to give “an unprecedented response”.

The last time the allies carried out maneuvers of this magnitude last November, North Korea fired in response more than 30 missiles of different types -one of them intercontinental in scope- in just three days.

The peninsula is experiencing a historic level of tension after 2022 in which Pyongyang, 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.

Given 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.

(With information from EFE)

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