As N. Korean Tensions Thaw, US And S. Korea Begin Military Drills
The U.S. will reportedly not be making as strong a showing as it has in the past.
The U.S. and South Korea kicked off their annual joint military exercises Sunday.
The exercises — known as Foal Eagle and Key Resolve — were originally scheduled for earlier this year but were put off until after the Olympic and Paralympic games. Nearly 12,000 U.S. troops and around 300,000 South Korean forces will take part.
The drills comes as tensions between North and South Korea are easing. But the exercises are never popular with the North, and it's not clear how they'll effect ongoing diplomatic efforts between the two countries.
During last year's Foal Eagle exercises, the North launched a number of ballistic missiles. They all landed harmlessly in the Sea of Japan.
Relations between the U.S. and North Korea also appear to be thawing lately. And the U.S. is reportedly downplaying its presence during these drills. It might not deploy certain strategic assets like nuclear submarines or supercarriers this year.
President Donald Trump is supposed to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un before the end of May. The drills are expected to finish up around the end of this month.
Philippine ferry fire kills 31 people; at least 7 missing
Many of the 200 people who survived jumped off the ferry and were rescued from the dark sea by the coast guard, navy and local fishermen.
Should we be nervous about North Korea's nuclear weapon tests?
Experts share whether there's a current threat from North Korea, as it has been publicly attempting to expand its nuclear weapons arsenal.
Pakistani police storm home of former PM Khan, arrest 61
Police broke open the door of Khan's residence and found automatic weapons, Molotov cocktails, iron rods and batons used in attacks on cops that week.
Former Manhattan prosecutor: Case against Trump not a slam-dunk
A former New York prosecutor weighs in on the process for indicting former President Trump and how long the legal process could play out.
Biden heads to Mississippi town ravaged by deadly tornado
The president and first lady will survey the damage on Friday, meet with homeowners and first responders and get a briefing from officials.
Severe weather warning: Storms, tornadoes to move across US Friday
Powerful storms will start to roll through Friday afternoon and into the overnight hours.