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Max Thunder : US-South Korea joint military drill begins

Published on May 17, 2018
A joint military drill is being conducted between South Korea and the US.

  • The military drill is named as ‘Max Thunder’ which would run for 15 days from 11-25th May 2018.
  • This exercise was first conducted in 2009 and has continued since then.
  • It aims to co-ordinate the air forces of the two nations.
  • The military exercise involves around 100 warplanes including the F-22 stealth fighters which are being deployed by the US military for the very first time.
  • It also includes the B-52 bombers and F-15K jets
  • North Korea has accused this military drill to be a practice for an invasion.
  • It cancelled the high-level conversations with South Korea that were planned to take place in Pyongyang.
  • An announcement was made by North Korea that it was pulling out of the meeting that was scheduled with the US due to this military drill.
  • The meeting was scheduled to be conducted in Singapore to discuss about the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.

Expected Questions

The joint military drill ‘Max Thunder’ is being conducted between which two countries?
US and South Korea

Name the military exercise conducted between the US and South Korea in 2017?
Foal Eagle

Who is the President of South Korea?
Moon Jae-in

What is the venue of Winter Olympics 2018?
Pyeongchang County, South Korea

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