S.Korea, U.S. Mull Suspending Joint Drills Indefinitely

  • By Ahn Jun-yong

    June 15, 2018 11:10

    President Moon Jae-in said on Thursday he will consider halting joint military exercises with the U.S. indefinitely after U.S. President Donald Trump made the promise when he met North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on Tuesday.

    He said South Korea would be "flexible when it came to military pressure on North Korea."

    Moon stressed that the decision would depend on how sincerely North Korea implements its pledge to denuclearize.

    President Moon Jae-in attends a meeting with key officials at Cheong Wa Dae on Thursday. /Newsis

    He made the remarks in a meeting with national security adviser Chung Eui-yong, Cheong Wa Dae Chief of Staff Im Jong-seok and other officials at Cheong Wa Dae on Thursday and told them to "consult closely" with the U.S. military.

    AFP cited an American government source as saying that the U.S. "has indefinitely postponed major joint exercises with South Korea," and CNN reported that the Trump administration "is expected to announce the formal suspension of planning for major August multilateral military drills on the Korean Peninsula" soon.

    In inter-Korean military talks at the border truce village of Panmunjom on Thursday, a North Korean delegate also called for an end to the joint drills, but the South Korean side said the matter is "under discussion between the U.S. and South Korea."

    Meanwhile, Trump reiterated in an interview with Fox News on Wednesday that he eventually wants to pull out the U.S. Forces Korea. "I would like to get them home. I would like to, but it is not on the table right now," he said. "I would love to get the military out as soon as we can because it costs a lot of money and a lot of money for us."

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