Seoul, July 18(ANI): South Korea and the United States will stage an annual joint military exercise next month near the disputed sea border with North Korea.
The 10-day ‘Ulchi Freedom Guardian’ exercise will begin on August 16, the Dawn reports.
The joint military exercise is the world’s largest computerized command and control implementation, which mainly focuses on defending South Korea from a North Korean attack.
The exercise was initiated in 1976.
Tensions on the Korean peninsula have flared since the South accused the North of torpedoing one of its warships in March 2010.
The North denied the charge, but shelled a border island in November last year, in which four South Koreans were killed.
South Korea has since then staged a series of drills alone or together with US troops as a show of strength against the North. (ANI)