South Korea, US to conduct large-scale military exercise

August 17th, 2008 - 5:03 pm ICT by IANS  

Seoul, Aug 17 (Xinhua) US and South Korea will hold a large-scale military exercise in south Korea Monday, media reported here Sunday. About 56,000 South Korean troops and 10,000 US soldiers will take part in the five-day exercise, named Ulchi Freedom Guardian, according to Yonhap News Agency.

The joint military drills will “focus on checking operations led by South Korean forces and supported by US troops,” Yonhap quoted an unnamed South Korean defence ministry official as saying.

The change is part of a bigger alliance transformation due in April 2012 when Seoul will take over wartime command of its own soldiers, currently under control of the US, Yonhap said.

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