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US-South Korea Joint Military Drills Begin

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FILE - South Korean soldiers of an artillery unit take part in an artillery drill with 155mm Towed Howitzers as part of the annual joint military exercise "Foal Eagle" by the U.S. and South Korea, near the demilitarized zone (DMZ) which separates the two Koreas, Apr. 9, 2013.
South Korea and the United States have begun annual military exercises over the objection of North Korea, which has claimed they are rehearsals for an invasion.

The drills - called Key Resolve and Foal Eagle - kicked off Monday, despite Pyongyang's repeated calls for their cancelation at the threat of scrapping family reunions the North later agreed to carry out.

Key Resolve lasts just over a week and is largely computer-simulated, while the eight-week Foal Eagle drill involves air, ground and naval field training.

About 28,000 American troops are stationed in South Korea to help deter North Korea aggression.