Military Capabilities

South Korean president raises possibility of postponing joint RoK-US exercises

20 December 2017

In a bid to ease regional tensions ahead of the 2018 Winter Olympics, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on 19 December that he is willing to postpone his country’s military exercises with US forces if North Korea pauses its development and testing of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles.

“It is possible for the US and South Korea to review the possibility of postponing the exercises,” Moon told NBC News, emphasising that it “all this depends on how North Korea behaves”.

“If North Korea stops its provocations leading up to the PyeongChang Olympics, it will greatly help in holding a safe Olympics,” Moon told the media outlet, adding that this would also help in creating a “conducive atmosphere towards inter-Korean as well as US-North Korean dialogue”.

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