U.S., South Korea in midst of annual war games, as North Korea looks on

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(CNN) — The U.S. and South Korea are in the midst of their annual joint military exercises, and every year, neighboring North Korea accuses them of rehearsing for an invasion.

The U.S. and South Korea dispute this.

While the battle may not be real, the threat is. Around 20 miles, or more than 30 kilometers north of this live fire range, is North Korea, a country South Korea is still technically at war with.

These war games last two months. U.S. commanders say they run through these kinds of scenarios every single day, essential training to prepare for any eventuality.

After the firing comes the debrief, as soldiers from both countries are encouraged to talk about what went wrong, as well as right.

“I think at the end of the day both of us are not only improving our relationships but we’re getting better and we’re learning from each other in the process,” said Lt. Col. Neal Mayo of the 27th Infantry Regiment.

Preparing for a war they hope will never come, but one they have to be ready for.

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