President Moon Jae-in defends joint military drills and urges Pyongyang not to use them as an excuse to increase tensions

Seoul and Washington have begun annual war games, prompting the South Korean president, Moon Jae-in, to warn North Korea against using them as an excuse to intensify the “vicious cycle” of tensions.

Tens of thousands of South Korean and US troops are taking part in the Ulchi Freedom Guardian joint military drills, a largely computer-simulated exercise that runs for two weeks in the South.

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