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US, South Korea ‘indefinitely’ suspend select military drills

25 June 2018

The United States and South Korea have agreed to “indefinitely” suspend two Korean Marine Exchange Program training exercises scheduled to take place in the next three months, the US Department of Defense (DoD) announced in a 22 June statement.

The statement was issued four days after the countries had announced the suspension of this year’s joint ‘Ulchi Freedom Guardian’ military exercise scheduled for August amid ongoing efforts by the South Korea and the United States to ease tensions with, and denuclearise, North Korea.

The move comes after US President Donald Trump said on 12 June that he would suspend US-South Korean drills to further talks with Pyongyang following a landmark summit held that same day in Singapore with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

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