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    US, South Korea Launch Drills Amid North’s Threats

    Practice makes peril. Even though North Korea has warned the exercises will provoke it to nuke Washington and Seoul into “a heap of ashes,” the United States and South Korea began their annual military drills today. The defection of a high-level U.K.-based diplomat, whom the Hermit Kingdom labeled “human scum,” has further inflamed tensions on the peninsula, raising fears Kim Jong Un will lash out beyond the regime’s recent ballistic missile tests. Mostly computer-simulated war games, the 12 days of drills will involve 25,000 U.S. soldiers and 50,000 South Koreans.

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