May 16, 2022

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‘A giant game of laser tag’: US-South Korea military exercises explained

Retired Lt. Col. Steve Tharp explains how exercises work, why they’re contentious and how Seoul and Washington cooperate

Earlier this week, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s sister, Kim Yo Jong, slammed the U.S. and South Korea for conducting computer-simulated military drills — a move that she condemned as a “serious challenge.”

Seoul and Washington have a long history of military exercises in various forms, and some South Korean and American peace groups have questioned whether they should be conducted at all.