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(LEAD) S. Korea, U.S. kick off annual war game amid tension
By Kim Eun-jung
SEOUL, March 11 (Yonhap) -- South Korean and U.S. troops launched their annual joint drills on Monday, amid military tension after North Korea threatened to scrap the 1953 Armistice Agreement that ended the Korean War and make a pre-emptive nuclear attack against the allies.

The two-week computer simulated exercise, called Key Resolve, mobilizes 10,000 Korean forces and 3,500 American personnel to test various scenarios in which South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) plays a leading role in conducting operations, the JCS said. Such practice is needed as Seoul prepares to regain its wartime operational control (OPCON) from Washington at the end of 2015.