US-South Korea Military Drills To Go Ahead Despite North Korea’s Charm Offensive

Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, participate in bilateral Warrior Strike drills in South Korea on Dec. 13, 2017. Patrick Eakin/Army

SCMP: US-South Korea military drills to go on despite Pyongyang’s charm offensive: former CIA officer

Seoul officials assured us ‘the military exercises would go on as they need to’, the Heritage Foundation’s Bruce Klingner said

South Korean government officials have offered assurances that their joint military exercises with the US, which were pre-empted by the Winter Olympic Games, will proceed despite North Korea’s recent efforts to rebuild ties with Seoul by inviting President Moon Jae-in to Pyongyang.

“In the near term, the US will be wary about how far President Moon will go, but when I was in Seoul recently all of the officials assured us that the military exercises would go on as they need to,” said Bruce Klingner, the Washington-based Heritage Foundation’s Senior Fellow for Northeast Asia, who is also a former CIA officer.

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WNU Editor: South Korea was pushing for a postponement .... I guess that did not work out. The announcement on when theses exercises will begin will be made in March.

More News On US-South Korea Military Drills Going Ahead Despite North Korea’s Charm Offensive

US, South Korea to Go Ahead with Joint War Games after Olympics --
South Korea to announce joint military drill plan with U.S. before April -- Reuters
South Korea to announce plan for joint military exercises before April -- The Japan Times
US, South Korea say joint war games will be held after Olympics 'as planned' -- Stars and Stripes
S. Korean military to press ahead with joint drills with US this year -- Korea Herald
S. Korea, U.S. to announce timing of joint military exercises by end of March: defense minister -- Yonhap

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