Seoul and Washington to hold major military maneuvers March 13-23
South Korea and the United States will conduct their major spring military maneuvers Freedom shield from March 13 to 23exercises to which Pionyangwhich has been carrying out repeated missile tests, has said that Will give an “unprecedented” response.
“Freedom shield is designed to strengthen defense capabilities and alliance response,” explained South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) spokesman Lee Sung-jun and U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) spokesman Isaac Taylor.
Taylor has indicated that the premise of the exercise will focus on elements such as. “the changing security environment, aggressions by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (official name of the North) and lessons learned from recent wars and conflicts.”
During the 11 days in which it will run Freedom shield a series of “large-scale” field maneuvers. that have “regained the scale of Foal eagle.” and which will be called Warrior shield.
Military maneuvers Foal eagle were field exercises conducted regularly by the Allies. and which were suspended in 2019 in an attempt to improve the environment during the disarmament talks with the North Korean regime.which are currently at a stalemate.
One of these new “large-scale” field simulations included in Warrior shield will be an amphibious exercise “to be conducted to improve capabilities for the execution of combined operations.”Lee explained.
In February Pionyangwhich considers these maneuvers as a rehearsal to invade its territory, threatened with give an “unprecedented response” to Freedom shield.
Shortly thereafter, he even warned that if the U.S. goes ahead with the periodic rotational deployment of strategic assets on the peninsula and its plan to hold major military maneuvers with South Korea the regime could consider these actions to be a “declaration of war.”
The peninsula lives a historical level of tension after a 2022 in which Pyongyang, which has rejected offers to return to dialogue, made a record number of weapons tests and in which the Allies once again carried out major maneuvers and deploying strategic assets such as aircraft carriers nuclear-powered aircraft carriers or bombers.
Given the apparent unwillingness to push for détente by both sides experts have noted. the increasing danger of miscalculation that could have fatal consequences.