Special to WorldTribune.com
Starting March 1, more than 320,000 military personnel from the United States and South Korea have been conducting the largest military exercise in recent memory.
The drill, which will last 2 months ending on April 30, takes place at a time of extreme danger and uncertainty.
North Korea has revved up its belligerency against the South and even openly threatened to launch nuclear attacks on U.S. military bases in Japan.
Meanwhile, an anti-ROK and anti-U.S. national hysteria is brewing in China over the joint deployment of the THAAD missile defense system.
Of equal concern, South Korea is deeply divided over one of the most serious presidential crises in the young democracy as President Park Geun-Hye suffered a devastating defeat and became the first president since 1960 to be removed from office through an impeachment procedure.
In light of the rapidly deteriorating political situation in South Korea, the U.S. government has acted to speed up the THAAD deployment, which has been scheduled for June.