SEOUL, Aug. 28 (Xinhua) -- South Korea and the United States ended a joint military exercise on Thursday, a day earlier than scheduled, in what appeared to appease anger of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).
The computer-assisted simulation exercise, called Ulchi Freedom Guardian (UFG), was wrapped up successfully, the Combined Forces Command (CFC) said in a press release.
The drill, launched on Aug. 18, ended a day earlier than scheduled in an apparent effort to soothe the DPRK that has denounced it as a rehearsal for the northward invasion.
Pyongyang had yet to respond to Seoul's proposal on Aug. 11 to hold senior-level talks about issues, including reunion of families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War.
This year's exercise mobilized some 50,000 South Korean troops and 30,000 U.S. forces, including 3,000 soldiers operating overseas and coming here for the drill. "This year's Ulchi Freedom Guardian exercise further strengthened our combined defense and enhanced the readiness of the Republic of Korea and the United States Combined Forces and the United Nations sending states,"said Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, chief of the CFC.