SEOUL, Aug. 11 (Xinhua) -- South Korea and the United States will launch their joint military exercises, the Combined Forces Command (CFC) said Sunday.
The computer-assisted simulation exercise, dubbed Ulchi Freedom Guardian (UFG), will be conducted from Aug. 19 through Aug. 30, the CFC said in an emailed statement.
The drill was expected to mobilize some 30,000 U.S. forces and 50,000 South Korean troops, it said.
"Ulchi Freedom Guardian is a critical alliance exercise to sustain the readiness of the Republic of Korea, U.S. Forces and the Sending State Forces," said Gen. James D. Thurman, commander of CFC and U.S. Forces stationed here.
"It is based on realistic scenarios and enables us to train on our essential tasks with a whole of government approach," he added.
The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)'s army was informed of the launch of the annual drill and its non-provocative nature, according to the statement. The DPRK has repeatedly condemned it as preparation for a northward invasion.
The statement came after Seoul and Pyongyang agreed to hold the seventh round of working-level talks on Aug. 14 to reopen the suspended inter-Korean factory park in the DPRK's border town of Kaesong.
Pyongyang sent the message of its anticipation on Thursday for fruitful results at the upcoming dialogue, while Seoul voiced its hopes for a reasonable outcome to normalize the Kaesong industrial zone in a progressive way.
Seoul's Unification Ministry spokesman said that the Kaesong industrial park should be operated regardless of political and military situations, stressing that the upcoming talks should be centered on reopening operations of the complex.
The Kaesong industrial complex, where 123 South Korean companies run factories, has been idle since early April when the DPRK pulled out 53,000 of its workers from the factory park, citing threats from joint Seoul-Washington military drills in March.