South Korean and United States forces are currently engaged in their biggest-ever joint military exercise, involving more than a hundred-thousand men.
South Korean and United States forces are currently engaged in their biggest-ever joint military exercise, involving more than a hundred-thousand men. But the giant military programme has not been welcomed by North Korean authorities, who have described the exercises as a grave provocative act.
SYNOPSIS: The United States still has a large force based in South Korea, they plan to begin reducing this later this year when six-thousand men will be sent home.
The current joint exercise, code-named "Team Spirit", began on March the 7th, and is planned to last 11 days. All branches of the combined forces are involved, and the programme has been divided up to involve a variety of operations including land, air and sea divisions.
But Operation Team Spirit has not been well received in North Korea. The official newspaper, Rodong Sinmun, said the exercise was, in their words, a very grave provocative act of stepping up war preparations against the North. And a north Korean radio station described the manoeuvres as an arrogant threat of force.
In South Korea though, the United States troops are still openly welcomed by members of the general public, who don't miss an opportunity of showing their appreciation. South Korean officials also turned out on this occasion to welcome the servicemen at Chunchon air base. Defence leaders in the United States have stressed that their planned troop reductions will not affect defence commitments to South Korea.