U.S., South Korea begin joint drills amid tension after defection

August 22, 2016 5:21 AM

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U.S., South Korea begin joint drills amid tension after defection

SEOUL The United States and South Korea kicked off annual military exercises on Monday, prompting warnings of retaliation from the North, as already-heightened tension on the peninsula has been inflamed by the defection of a Pyongyang diplomat.

North Korea has become further isolated after a January nuclear test, its fourth, and the launch of a long-range rocket in February brought tightened U.N. Security Council sanctions that Pyongyang defied with several ballistic missile launches.

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