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US, S. Korea defy North’s warnings, start joint drills

In defiance of recent warnings by North Korea, the United States and South Korea kicked off a series of planned joint military exercises on Monday. South Korean defence minister Jeong Kyeong-doo said that with the drills, the country is “clearly maintaining its readiness posture against any military action by North Korea”.

North Korea recently carried out three missile tests that Pyongyang described as a “solemn warning” against “South Korean warmongers.” However, US President Trump indicated that he was not concerned about the North Korean activity. North Korean leader Kim Jung-un met with Trump in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea over a month ago. During that meeting, both leaders agreed to a new round of talks on North Korea’s nuclear program.

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