The South Korean and U.S. militaries kicked off yet another round of regular military exercises on Monday. They continue until Aug. 29 with some 30,000 U.S. troops and about 50,000 South Korean soldiers, the same number as last year.
The drill, named "Ulchi Freedom Guardian," aims to practice a "made-to-measure" strategy of containment the two countries have worked out in preparation for threats from nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction from North Korea, according to press materials.
Meanwhile, the Joint Chiefs of Staff on Sunday complained about North Korean threat on Sunday to launch a pre-emptive strike on the South ahead of the annual joint military exercise.
They urged the North to "immediately stop the threat of armed provocation against an annual exercise."
North Korea regularly threatens fire and brimstone when the exercises come around.