Military officials said they plan to move ahead with large-scale US-South Korea exercises later this month that North Korea claims are a rehearsal for war, told Associated Press on Friday.

The exercises are an annual event, but come as Pyongyang says it is readying a plan to fire off four Hwasong-12 missiles toward Guam.

The plan would be sent to leader Kim Jong-un for approval just before or as the US-South Korea drills begin.

The exercises are expected to run from August 21-31 and involve tens of thousands of troops on the ground and in the sea and air.

Washington and Seoul say they’re meant as a deterrent against North Korean aggression.