S. Korea, U.S. agree to delay Key Resolve, Foal Eagle until after PyeongChang 2018
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S. Korea, U.S. agree to delay Key Resolve, Foal Eagle until after PyeongChang 2018

November 19, 2019

Meanwhile Washington wants to clarify the
drills are “delayed” not “halted.” Pentagon officials say the combined exercises
will resume after the Games come to an end. Some experts point out, this decision by the
U.S. is NOT up for negotiation with Pyongyang. Our defense correspondent Oh Jung-hee files
us this report. Every spring, South Korea and the United States
hold two large-scale joint military exercises… that usually kick off in late February or
early March. They are… a computerized command post drill
called Key Resolve,… and a field drill called Foal Eagle. In the case of last year, Key Resolve took
place for two weeks in mid-March… and Foal Eagle for two months from March to April. This year, the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics
are to be held throughout most of February,… and the Paralympics… for two weeks in mid-March. Considering the dates of the exercises last
year,… there was a high possibility… that this year’s drills could overlap with the
Games. On Thursday’s decision to delay the drills,…
the two countries’ Combined Forces Command quoted a Pentagon spokesperson… stating
that it’s to “focus on ensuring the security of the Games” and that “routine exercises
are required” to maintain military readiness. U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis also emphasized…
that the postponement is simply due to logistical concerns… and the exercises will resume
after the Paralympics comes to a close. (Korean)
“The U.S. made clear that the postponement is only to resolve the overlap of the exercises
and the games,… nothing more than that. The U.S. is firm that the delay is not for
negotiating with Pyongyang.” The South Korea-U.S. joint ‘Ssangyong’ or
‘Double Dragon’ landing exercise — which was initially planned to take place in late
March — may be rescheduled as well,… with the dates currently under discussion. But military officials say,… Seoul’s unilateral
and domestic drills will be carried out as planned. Oh Jung-hee, Arirang News.

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