US, South Korea Begin Military Drills Despite Threats From North Korea

The U.S. and South Korea began their annual military drills Monday -- a move that comes on the heels of tensions between the two countries over North Korea’s recent intercontinental ballistic missile tests and threats of being able to hit Guam with a missile.

The Korea Herald reports the Ulchi Freedom Guardian exercise is a computer-based drill and 50,000 South Korea and 17,500 U.S. troops will participate in simulating a war with North Korea.

CNN reports a day before North Korea warned the joint drills is “driving the situation into the uncontrollable phase of nuclear war” and the army “is keeping a high alert.”