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N Korea at crossroads

South Korea, U.S. start war games amid North Korea missile flurry

Washington shows Asia commitment with aircraft carrier dispatch, experts say

U.S. Marines take part in an annual joint military drill near Yeongil Bay in Pohang, South Korea on August 12, 2021. (File photo by Getty Images) 

SEOUL -- South Korea and the U.S. began two weeks of joint military drills on Monday as North Korea ratchets up tensions on the peninsula ahead of the inauguration of a conservative president in Seoul.

The two allies will conduct war games based on computer simulations of a conflict breaking out on the peninsula, according to South Korea's Defense Ministry. The exercises will run through April 28 but will not include field training.

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