Seoul and Washington terminate large-scale war games in the Korean Peninsula

epaselect epa05883768 South Korean marines participate in an annual Amphibious Operations (AMPHOPS) during the annual Foal Eagle exercises against a possible attack from North Korea, in Pohang, 360 km southeast of Seoul, South Korea, 02 April 2017. South Korean and US military Combined Forces Command is holding the annual Foal Eagle exercises from 01 March to 01 May 2017. EPA/JEON HEON-KYUN

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In an effort to support diplomatic efforts to achieve complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, the US and South Korea have announced that they will no longer hold large-scale joint military exercises, a bone of contention with North Korea and which have always infuriated North Korea.

The defence ministers from the US and South Korea agreed to end the Foal Eagle and Key Resolve series of exercises in a phone call on Saturday.

North Korea regards the games as preparation for a military invasion.

During 2018, the United States cancelled a number of exercises after US President Donald Trump met North Korea’s Kim Jong-un in Singapore.

President Trump has previously complained of the cost of such exercises, although he has ruled out withdrawing US troops from the peninsula – currently numbering about 30,000.

 

Via the BBC and the U.S. Department of Defence

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