Ex-U.S. Defense Chief Warns Against Delaying Joint Air Drill

  • By Cho Yi-jun

    November 21, 2019 12:25

    Former U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has expressed concerns over the recent cancellation of joint South Korea-U.S. aerial drills.

    "I don't know the facts, but those kinds of concession [to North Korea] before have not worked out," Hagel told Radio Free Asia on Monday.

    "I don't know in detail what their agreements were in order to postpone those exercises," he said. "I would hope that whatever the reason was we postponed is a good reason. I hope it leads to an ultimate breakthrough in relation with North Korea... I would assume that's why they did it."

    He added, "Those exercises have been very important to combat readiness to preparation on the peninsula for both South Korean forces and U.S. forces."

    "But to unilaterally, arbitrarily postpone those exercises for no good reason is dangerous," he warned.

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