The US Armed Forces, along with the Republic of Korea’s Armed Forces, conduct one of the biggest military drills or joint military exercises in the world annually along the border with North Korea. The exercises, known as Foal Eagle, Team Spirit, Key Resolve or ‘Reception, Staging, Onward Movement and Integration of Forces (RSOI)’ at various times, were postponed in June 2018 following surprise talks between the US and North Korea, but were reconvened in November 2018 albeit on a much smaller scale. What is behind these joint exercises? Should the scaling down of military activities continue or reverse, or should this show of force cease altogether? Is this an act of useless provocation and war games that hinder dialogue and peace, or a powerful demonstration of the futility of confrontation and a deterrent against a back step into open warfare?