The North's drills are expected to run from December to April, according to the South Korean military.
While months-long winter drills are routine for the North, authorities in the South said they were on high alert for any possible changes. "If that did happen, it would be a good thing for, I can tell you, for North Korea. Dead stop. The flourishing ends, and the prison state of North Korea sadly begins".
"Currently, the North Korean troops are conducting ordinary field exercises".
Only hours ahead of Saturday's (Nov. 11) show, President Donald Trump took aim at Kim Jong Un in a tweet, saying he would never call the North Korean dictator "short and fat". And do not try us. "This would be a fatal miscalculation".
Asked at news conference with Vietnam's president later Sunday if he could become friends with the North Korean leader, Trump replied it "might be a unusual thing to happen but it's certainly a possibility".
North Korea warned Monday that the unprecedented deployment of three USA aircraft carrier groups "taking up a strike posture" around the Korean peninsula is making it impossible to predict when nuclear war will break out.
South Korea and the United States on Saturday kicked off a joint naval exercise in the Sea of Japan involving three US aircraft carriers amid heightened tensions on the Korean Peninsula.
He also referenced Trump's September speech to the UN General Assembly in which the president said that if the U.S.is "forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea".
Along with the three carrier groups, he said the USA has reactivated round-the-clock sorties with nuclear-capable B-52 strategic bombers "which existed during the Cold War times".
Trump will fly to Manilla on Sunday afternoon for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) meetings and East Asia Summit, which will both be comprised of leaders from Southeast Asian nations and representatives from dialogue countries.
South Korean soldiers ride on an armored vehicle during a South Korea/United States combined training exercise at the U.S. Army's Rodriguez shooting range in Pocheon, northeast of Seoul, Sep.