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The U.S. began the Ulchi Freedom Guardian annual joint military drills with South Korea.

The drills consist of computer-simulated war games that involve 30,000 U.S. troops and 50,000 South Korean troops.

In the past, North Korean officials have called U.S.-South Korean drills warlike and a rehearsal for an invasion.  North Korea, however, has reacted to these drills with a much milder response.

Cheong Seong-Chang, analyst at the private Sejong Institute in South Korea, said, “North Korea appears to have determined it’s necessary to take a cool-headed attitude [in regards to the drills].”

The Ulchi Freedom Guardian drills will continue until August 30.

Read more at ABC News.

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