A seven-week joint military exercise involving 150,000 South Korean and United States troops has been continuing near the demilitarised zone in South Korea.
SVs Troops in armoured vehicles move through village and countryside (3 shots)
GV & SV's Heavy tanks passing through village as local people look in (5 shots)
GV Amphibious armoured tanks move off land water
GV Officers watch exercise
SV & GV's Amphibious armoured tanks crossing water (2 shots)
SVs Tank stops and troops move out on attack (3 shots)
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Background: A seven-week joint military exercise involving 150,000 South Korean and United States troops has been continuing near the demilitarised zone in South Korea. This stage of the exercise was filmed on Tuesday (25 March).
SYNOPSIS: The exercise, code-names 'Team Spirit 80', has been strongly criticised by North Korea. The Pyongyang government says the manoeuvres near the demilitarised zone are provocative and threaten present efforts to reunify the two Koreas.
Among the American troops taking part is the Warrior Task Force, stationed at Hawaii - a unit which is specially designed for rapid deployment throughout the Pacific. Many of the United States battalions involved in the exercise fought and were decorated in action during the Korean war in the early nineteen-fifties. The exercise is aimed at warning the north not to invade the south as it did at the start of the three year war.
The combined operation has been held annually for the last five years. This year it comes at a time when North and South Korea have a basis for reviving political talks which broke down a year after they started in 1972. At the beginning of this month, North Korean officials crossed the demilitarised zone for the first time in five years. They suggested a meeting between the prime ministers of North and South Korea and an end to the hostility between the two countries.