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A U.S. Air Force U-2 Dragon Lady takes part in a drill at Osan Air Base in South Korea on Aug. 21.   © Reuters
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US, South Korea eyeing more offensive options on Pyongyang

Amid rising stakes, annual war games seen focusing harder on pre-emptive strikes

KENICHI YAMADA and HIROSHI MINEGISHI, Nikkei staff writers | North Korea

SEOUL -- The U.S. and South Korea are expected to more strongly stress offensive maneuvers and even a possible decapitation strike against North Korea in their annual Ulchi Freedom Guardian joint military drills that began Monday amid continuing tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

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