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A U.S. Army M109A6 Paladin self-propelled howitzer takes part in a military exercise near the demilitarised zone separating the two Koreas in Paju, South Korea, August 10, 2017. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

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SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Monday joint military exercises starting with U.S. forces on Monday are purely of a defensive nature and do not aim to raise tensions on the Korean peninsula.

South Korean and U.S. forces will conduct military exercises from Monday through to Aug. 31 that will involve computer simulations designed to prepare for a possible attack by nuclear-armed Pyongyang.

(Reporting by Christine Kim; Editing by Paul Tait)

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