How US-ROK response missile launches bolster deterrence against North Korea
Exercises fit into broader efforts to restore joint drills and push forward transfer of wartime control to Seoul
Some observers and experts believe North Korea’s flurry of weapons tests this year, and responses from the U.S. and South Korea, represent the beginning of a dangerous tit-for-tat cycle that could lead to misperception, arms racing and even conflict.
The day after North Korea launched eight ballistic missiles in a single test event last month, for example, the U.S.-ROK Combined Forces Command (CFC) responded with a live-fire Flexible Deterrent Option (FDO) exercise of eight missiles of its own.
Inter-Korean tensions, provocations, armed attacks and acts of war have occurred numerous times
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