The exercise is aimed at ensuring the allies’ joint crisis management capabilities to deter war and defuse any security crisis, and practicing operational command and war execution procedures under a combined defense construct, the ministry said in a press release.
The allies plan to apply “realistic” scenarios reflecting the North’s rhetorical threats and potential challenges from its reservist forces based on lessons drawn from the ongoing war in Ukraine, according to the ministry.
In the briefing, the ministry pointed out that there is still a possibility of Pyongyang conducting what would be its seventh nuclear test as the regime focuses on increasing the quantity of its nuclear force and advancing related technologies.
The ministry also raised the possibility that the North would engage in various “tactical and strategic” provocations in order to “drive a wedge between the South and the United States and sow division among South Koreans.”
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