“About 500 U.S. and South Korean troops practiced their street-fighting skills in the Urban Area Operating Center, a simulated city block eight miles from the Demilitarized Zone separating North and South Korea,” Stars and Stripes reported here.
Ulchi Freedom Shield (UFS) has replaced other war games and exercises that DMZ vets may recall, such as Team Spirit and Ulchi Focus Lens (once the world’s largest computer war game). Read the military’s press release on UFS here.
UFS, over its 11-day run, includes on-the-ground training for US and South Korean forces, plus troops from seven other UN allies. Among the goals: Increasing inter-operability among the forces.
As might be expected, Pyongyang’s official media attacked the games, saying they could cause an “unprecedented large-scale thermonuclear war” on the Korean Peninsula.