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    South Korea, US Launch Largest-Ever Joint Drills in History

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    Military drills between South Korea and the United States kicked off earlier in the day and are believed to be the largest-ever joint exercises of the two countries amid increased tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On Thursday, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ordered the military to prepare to use its nuclear weapons at any moment in light of the exercise, according to the country’s state media reports.

    Key Resolve and Foal Eagle, two joint US-South Korean military exercises on dispatching the US overseas forces to the Korean Peninsula, presuppose practicing the elimination of Pyongyang's weapons of mass destruction.

    As many as 15,000 US troops joined around 290,000 South Korean soldiers in the drills expected to last until April 30. In 2015, Washington sent four times fewer troops than now, while the number of Seoul soldiers is now 1.5 times higher.

    During the drills, the United States and South Korea are likely to apply their new operational plan, namely OPLAN 5015, which envisages possible preventive strikes against North Korea.

    The US side is expected to deploy a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier and submarines.

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    • arnelmadrinan
      am waiting for NK nuclear bomb to yahooooo
    • Jet fuel can't melt steel beams
      Poor south korea.. must be hard to be a us puppet..
    • ptcjm
      Was it like 4 million koreans who died during the '50's, simple wiping out not only the population, but too the infrastructure. Reading this article on Global research, the war crimes committed by the USA are unaccounted. So having nuked the Japanese population in '45, koreans were next on the list and the result was, according to the article, an UN person: a gangnam style of South Korea.
      www.globalresearch.ca/the-korean-atrocity-forgotten-us-war-crimes-and-crimes-against-humanity/533552
    • almastyin reply toJet fuel can't melt steel beams(Show commentHide comment)
      Jet fuel can't melt steel beams, yes dolt! Especially when they keep you safe at night from the potential attack of a depraved fatty Kim Stalinist schizoid, oohh bboo hoo!
    • Jet fuel can't melt steel beamsin reply toalmasty(Show commentHide comment)
      almasty, , When the us soldiers are in a country this is only for the banks' interests and the military complex period! You're a brainwashed sheep, you can't see it. Too bad..
    • almastyin reply toJet fuel can't melt steel beams(Show commentHide comment)
      Jet fuel can't melt steel beams, Where does it say anything in the article above about bank's interests, hmmm plank? I understand it may be quite difficult for that limited cranial space between your ears but you really need to stay on topic you sophist twit!
    • Jet fuel can't melt steel beamsin reply toalmasty(Show commentHide comment)
      almasty, Behind North Korea what do we have? Oh Russia and China two countries that don't want to bow before us hegemony....too complicated for your manichean vision of the world.....poor guy you're a pity.
    • almastyin reply toJet fuel can't melt steel beams(Show commentHide comment)
      Jet fuel, I’ll tell you what is complicated. You are deflecting the subject on this simple article about drills to protect the ROK with some pig manure rant about banks interests and military complex blather. Then you respond with some barnyard horsesh_t about black and white vision of the world.

      Furthermore, you completely disregard/ignore that fatty Kim is an unpredictably deranged Stalanist despot, which is not a surprise due to the ADHD tendencies you display in staying on topic. You really should get that ADHD diagnosed and treated it will help you focus better at university.

      Oh, and in regards to Russia and China bowing to US hegemony, that is a load of oral mensus to be expected from your lot. Every country in that region has an agenda unto themselves; besides, if the RF and China did not want to cooperate with the US and the others on UNSCR 2270 why did Churkin and Jieyi raise their hands?

      No lightweight, it is your closed minded embellished conspiracist garbage, espoused here on a daily basis, that deserves pity. AAAhahhahahhahaa!
    • Jet fuel can't melt steel beamsin reply toalmasty(Show commentHide comment)
      almasty, Well you seem to believe genuinely that the us will protect (LOL) their allies (LOL again). Because sure the us don't have psychos? Hint (Wall street and military complex who make billions on wars) wars Made by the us for ....themselves (cf wolfowitz doctrine).. and oh only on weak countries that have the bad idea to have a sovereign policy.. You're a sheep and a disgrace to this world.. the fact that you used the term " conspiracist" means that your brain is out of date..
    • almastyin reply toJet fuel can't melt steel beams(Show commentHide comment)
      jet fuel, once again, a whole lot of nothing but oral mensus.

      Did that factual ’conspiracist’ label bring a particular sting to your uncorrectable Strabismic eyes? It should, like a good kick to your vag. You best pick up some absorbent feminine hygiene products when visiting the pharmacist for your new Adderall XR scrip. I can figuratively see the wisps of steam streaming from your pointy ears. You are one indoctrinated loser that no voluntary sterilization program could cure.

      Oh and here is a newsflash that you cannot seem to cope with: The US & the ROK will ram 3 weeks of defensive exercises down the throat of fatty Kim and he will seethe, do nothing, and throw an imbecilic fit, as you do, when labeled correctly as nothing but a loathsome shallow conspiracist.
    • Pentagonisabeast
      Drills on the Russian border,Drills on the DPRK border,Elongated wars in the Middle East,AFfhanistan.Who's the common denominator here who benefits most ? The US MIC!!
    • Jet fuel can't melt steel beamsin reply toalmasty(Show commentHide comment)
      almasty, A huge non sense coming from a little us brainswashed minion keep making me laugh!
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