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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Korea Tension Rises

SEOUL () -- In a previously unannounced move that is certain to anger communist North Korea, the United States and South Korea began a major joint naval exercise Friday.

The two allies also plan to conduct two other military exercises on the Korean peninsula in February and March, one a joint exercise, the other involving only South Korean troops.

North Korea has warned that any joint U.S. and South Korean military exercises would not only heighten tension but also endanger a 1994 agreement under which it has frozen its suspect nuclear program.