South Korea and the United States conducted joint-military drills over a four-day period last week.
The training sessions were attended by U.S. Forces Korea's Gen. Vincent K. Brooks and South Korea’s chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Jung Kyung-doo, according to the U.S. 2nd Infantry Division as well as South Korea's Marine Corps.
Lieutenant General Wang Hongguang added that Beijing should be prepared for war on the peninsula, and start mobilizing troops in Northeast China. “The war on the Korean Peninsula might break out anytime between now and March next year,” General Hongguang told Chinese state-run Global Times.
“China should be psychologically prepared for a potential Korean war, and the Northeast China regions should be mobilized for that.”
“Such mobilization is not to launch a war, but for defensive purposes,” he added.
The U.S.-South Korea drills are aimed at preparing soldiers for disarming weapons of mass destruction. The Pentagon previously stated that a "ground invasion" was the only effective method to dismantle North Korea's nuclear weapons program.
“I would say there's a three in 10 chance we use the military option,” U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham said, adding that in the event of a seventh test, “I would say 70 percent.”
Graham explained to The Atlantic that U.S. President Donald Trump will likely take military action if the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, makes additional threats.
The exercise, codenamed Warrior Strike, took place at Camp Stanley in northern Seoul.
Pyongyang has tested a missile that could potentially reach the U.S. Eastern Seaboard.
Almost 500 South Korean Marines and U.S. Marines combined are stationed in nearby Okinawa, Japan.