WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump agreed to not conduct annual joint army drills with South Korea whereas the nation hosts the winter Olympics subsequent month, the South Korean president’s workplace stated after the 2 leaders held a 30-minute telephone name.
In the course of the name, President Moon Jae-in assured Trump that South Korea would absolutely coordinate with the U.S. throughout bilateral talks between the 2 nations which are set to happen later this month to debate the potential of North Korea sending a delegation to the Olympics in Pyeongchang, Moon’s workplace stated.
Whereas the White Home did not instantly present a abstract of the decision, Col. Rob Manning, a Pentagon spokesman, appeared to substantiate the choice to delay scheduled joint workout routines, saying in an announcement Thursday that “the Division of Protection helps the President’s choice and what’s in the perfect curiosity of the” U.S.-South Korean alliance.
South Korea requested that the annual train be rescheduled to keep away from exacerbating tensions across the Olympics. In a New Yr’s Day assertion through which he opened the door to talks, North Korean chief Kim Jong Un repeated his standing demand that the U.S. and South Korea halt workout routines.
In feedback to reporters on the Pentagon final week, U.S. Protection Secretary James Mattis downplayed the importance of a doable change in dates for the annual workout routines.
“We all the time modify train dates,” Mattis stated. “There’s causes for it, as a result of we have now ships accessible at sure occasions and there is political issues or there’s native holidays and this kind of factor. We do that on a regular basis.”
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With Tony Capaccio