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US, South Korea to suspend joint military exercises during Winter Olympics

04 January 2018

Joint South Korean-US military exercises will be suspended throughout the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics and Paralympic Games, which begin 9 February and end 18 March, according to officials in Seoul and Washington.

“We worked with [the South Koreans] on it and [the exercises] will start sometime … after the Paralympics,” Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis told reporters at the Pentagon on 4 January.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and US President Donald Trump agreed to suspend the exercises during a phone call that day.

On 19 December Moon had suggested that he was willing to postpone military exercises with US forces if North Korea paused its development and testing of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles.

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