September 26, 2023

US, ROK kick off second phase of drills on ‘counterattack’ against North Korea

DPRK slams practice against invasion as ‘grave provocation,’ though allies reiterate exercises are defensive in nature

The U.S. and South Korea kicked off the second phase of their summer military exercises on Monday, focusing on live-action drills that simulate a “counterattack” against a hypothetical North Korean invasion.

The final stage of the nine-day Ulchi Freedom Shield (UFS) joint exercises will wrap up Thursday and follow last week’s phase one drills on “repelling” DPRK attacks and protecting the Seoul metropolitan area, according to the ROK defense ministry.