Here are incredible photos of the military drill that's freaking out North Korea

Foal Eagle 2015Lee Jin-man/APSouth Korean Navy's air cushion landing craft approaches to the beach as U.S. Marine takes his position during the U.S.-South Korea joint landing military exercises as a part of the annual joint military exercise Foal Eagle between South Korea and the United States in Pohang, south of Seoul, South Korea, Monday, March 30, 2015.

Operation Foal Eagle 2015, which runs from March 2 to April 24, features US and South Korean Marines practicing amphibious beach assaults along with aerial and naval operations.

The operation involves 12,500 US troops, along with an astonishing 200,000 of their South Korean counterparts.

Because Foal Eagle takes place in South Korea, North Korea views it as a possible practice run for an invasion. Pyongyang has ratcheted up the rhetoric and has threatened that Foal Eagle 2015 would be greeted with a "merciless baptism by fire."

In response to the start of Foal Eagle, North Korea launched two SCUD missiles into the sea outside of South Korea on March 2. On March 12, North Korea fired an additional seven surface-to-air missiles to protest against the exercise.

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Operation Foal Eagle is carried out in the spirit of the 1953 South Korea-US Mutual Defense Treaty, which obligates the US to intervene if the north ever invaded again.

Operation Foal Eagle is carried out in the spirit of the 1953 South Korea-US Mutual Defense Treaty, which obligates the US to intervene if the north ever invaded again.

The bilateral exercise is conducted by South Korea and the US. It allows the two nations to practice land, air, naval, and sea operations.

The bilateral exercise is conducted by South Korea and the US. It allows the two nations to practice land, air, naval, and sea operations.

The drill features the use of smoke screens during an amphibious invasion ...

The drill features the use of smoke screens during an amphibious invasion ...

... and beach-head assaults once the soldiers make landfall.

... and beach-head assaults once the soldiers make landfall.

Korean Marines spearheaded the landing operations ...

Korean Marines spearheaded the landing operations ...

On the beach, US forces join their South Korean counterparts.

On the beach, US forces join their South Korean counterparts.

The drill aims to foster interoperability between the two militaries, which would have to fight side-by-side in the event of a North Korean invasion.

The drill aims to foster interoperability between the two militaries, which would have to fight side-by-side in the event of a North Korean invasion.

North Korea accuses the US of using the exercises as a practice run for an invasion.

North Korea accuses the US of using the exercises as a practice run for an invasion.

South Korea and the US maintain that Foal Eagle is a strictly defensive exercise.

South Korea and the US maintain that Foal Eagle is a strictly defensive exercise.

The exercises allow American Marines to run through the full spectrum of amphibious operations.

The exercises allow American Marines to run through the full spectrum of amphibious operations.

The Korean War ended in an armistice meaning that North and South Korea technically still remain at war ...

The Korean War ended in an armistice meaning that North and South Korea technically still remain at war ...

... So any military exercise on either side of the border is viewed with extreme suspicion and even alarm.

... So any military exercise on either side of the border is viewed with extreme suspicion and even alarm.

Foal Eagle involves 12,500 US troops and approximately 200,000 South Korean military personnel.

Foal Eagle involves 12,500 US troops and approximately 200,000 South Korean military personnel.

Foal Eagle also gives US and South Korea the chance to train on a variety of platforms.

Foal Eagle also gives US and South Korea the chance to train on a variety of platforms.

The two allies make use of helicopters ...

The two allies make use of helicopters ...

... And practice logistical work by airlifting critical supplies, such as artillery, to drop zones.

... And practice logistical work by airlifting critical supplies, such as artillery, to drop zones.

This year also marked the first time that a US littoral combat ship, the Navy's troubled one-time ship of the future, visited the Korean peninsula.

This year also marked the first time that a US littoral combat ship, the Navy's troubled one-time ship of the future, visited the Korean peninsula.

You've seen Foal Eagle ...

You've seen Foal Eagle ...

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