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The exercises will continue through Sept. 1 and include drills with aircraft, warships, tanks and potentially tens of thousands of troops.
The allies decided to start the nine-day drills on Monday after reviewing factors like the status of the pandemic and diplomatic efforts to achieve denuclearization and peace on the Korean Peninsula.
South Korea’s leader said Thursday he and President Joe Biden have agreed to further bolster their countries’ alliance and work together to achieve peace on the Korean Peninsula.
The show of force comes on the eve of a key state anniversary in the North and parliamentary elections in the rival South.