South Korea and the US have held their largest joint military drills in years. Tanks and howitzers sent smoke and shockwaves through the air less than 32km from the fortified border with North Korea. More than 1,000 South Korean and US troops were involved in the live-fire exercise. Large-scale exercises have had to be scaled back in recent years for diplomatic reasons and due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Washington and Seoul see these exercises as a key part of efforts to deter Pyongyang and its growing nuclear arsenal, while North Korea considers the drills a rehearsal for potential war.
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