S Korea, US gear up for war games


PV International Desk : In air conditioned bunkers and at military bases across South Korea, it is with keyboards – not tanks – that South Korean and the US forces will launch military exercises on Monday, denounced by North Korea as a rehearsal for war.
The Aug 21 to Aug 31 exercises involve computer simulations designed to prepare for the unthinkable: war with nuclear-capable North Korea.
The wargames, details of which are a closely guarded secret, simulate military conflict with the isolated country. The US describes them as “defensive in nature,” a term North Korean state media has dismissed as a “deceptive mask”.
“The drills deal with all the steps involved in a war, of course, towards victory,” said Moon Seong-mook, a retired South Korean brigadier who regularly participated in the drills until the mid-2000s.