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Provocation? North Korean flag used in US-South Korea war games

The Associated Press reports — A huge North Korean flag disappeared behind a tower of flames and thick black smoke as South Korean fighter jets and U.S. attack helicopters fired rockets in the allies' biggest joint live-fire drills since the Korean War.

Live-fire drills by the allies are fairly routine, but using the North’s national flag as part of target practice is unusual — and will be seen as a provocation by Pyongyang, which has previously threatened war for what it called South Korean insults to the country’s national symbols and leadership. Read the full story.

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South Korean and U.S. tanks 'advance on an enemy stronghold' while removing land mines in a joint firepower combat drill in Pocheon on June 22, 2012. The exercise, the biggest-ever in scale, was conducted on the occasion of the 62nd anniversary of the start of the 1950-53 Korean War, which falls on June 25.YNA via EPA

South Korean Special Army soldiers parachute from a CN-235 transport plane. Photo taken June 19, 2012 and made available on June 22.Lee Jin-Man / AP