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The South Korean Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) fires rockets during a joint live firing drill between South Korea and the US at the Seungjin Fire Training Field in Pocheon, northeast of Seoul, on April 26, 2017. (Photo by AFP)
The South Korean Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) fires rockets during a joint live firing drill between South Korea and the US at the Seungjin Fire Training Field in Pocheon, northeast of Seoul, on April 26, 2017. (Photo by AFP)
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Alexander Azadgan, senior geopolitical analyst and professor of strategic global management and international political economy, believes the joint US-South Korea drills are “reckless saber-rattling,” adding that North Korea will perceive them as a “direct threat” to its sovereignty.

“We have always had saber-rattling from Washington … now we have this joint exercise and North Korea will see this as a direct threat, not some kind of a military exercise...They see this as a violation of their sovereignty in their region, in their backyard, in their sea borders,” Azadgan told Press TV.

He added, “We have never come so close to conflict as we have been since [US President Donald] Trump has been in office and these tactics of bullying and intimidating are totally uneducated, totally reckless.”