The U.S. and South Korea will stage joint naval and air exercises in the Sea of Japan designed to send a message to North Korea that the nations will act to defend South Korea in the face of further hostilities. Large-scale ground maneuvers will also follow in the series of joint drills. Though U.S. authorities did not say whether military exercises were likely to deter the aggressive regime in Pyongyang, U.S. Pacific Command chief Adm. Robert Willard said that large maneuvers designed to deter hostility had not been tried in recent years in response to North Korea.

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