South Korea, US to suspend military drills

20 Juin, 2018, 13:41 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • South Korea, US to suspend military drills

Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said on Tuesday there would be no changes to joint drill plans between the United States and Japan, both of which also engage in regular deterrence exercises against North Korea. -South Korea military exercises. "Hostages already back, hero remains coming home & much more!".

North Korea is estimated to have thousands massive artillery guns hidden in hardened shelters among the hills and mountains of the country's rugged terrain.

The talks, the first in more than a decade, were held in the border village of Panmunjom in the demilitarised zone (DMZ) and followed an inter-Korean summit in April at which leaders of the two Koreas agreed to defuse tensions and cease "all hostile acts".

His statement appeared to catch both South Korea and the Pentagon by surprise, but they presented a united front in canceling the upcoming exercises.

"Suspending drills once is risky because it causes a hole in our national security".

Diplomatic efforts have gathered pace since then, leading to a landmark summit between Kim and US President Donald Trump in Singapore last week.

Dana White, spokeswoman for the U.S. Defense Department, said planning for the summer drills had stopped, but no decisions have been made on any other military exercises with South Korea.

The other major United States exercises with South Korea - Key Resolve and Foal Eagle - took place earlier this spring.

South Korea and the United States have always said the drills are purely defensive.

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"Following close cooperation, South Korea and the US chose to suspend all planning activities for the UFG, the defensive exercise slated for August", the ministry said in a text message sent to reporters.

The Pentagon statement didn't say what decisions would be made on future exercises or how the USA military planned to maintain its readiness and ability to operate effectively with South Korean forces if all major exercises are suspended. After declaring a moratorium on the tests, Kim dismantled the Punggye-ri nuclear test site in May. She was unwilling to provide a straightforward answer when asked whether there had been any discussions between the allies' militaries on suspending the drills before Trump's sudden announcement.

Russia and South Korea agreed in 2008 to lay gas pipelines through the North to bring Russian natural gas to the South.

The pair also signed an agreement in which, according to global media, North Korea has reaffirmed its commitment to the denuclearization of Korean Peninsula.

The Pentagon did not go beyond suspending the next exercise on Monday, saying that it is still coordinating additional actions and no decisions have been made on future exercises.

Moon Chung-in also said that Trump's decision was a good answer to North Korea. North Korea has said it will suspend nuclear and missile tests for seven months.

Exercises are considered by Pentagon officials as an important aspect of the U.S. Historically, they have featured as many as 10,000 American and 200,000 Korean troops, and included live-fire drills with tanks, aircraft and warships.

Another hoops game is expected to be played in Seoul later in the year.

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