Published: Wed, February 21, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

South Korea, US to hold postponed military drills "as planned": USFK

South Korea, US to hold postponed military drills

"The schedule of the Korea-US joint military exercises will be jointly announced by the two countries after the Winter Paralympics come to an end on March 18", and before April, Song is said to have told the National Assembly's defense committee in Seoul. "Explicitly speaking, we have no intention to meet the USA side during the stay in South Korea".

Chang made the remarks after South Korea's Gangwon Province governor Choi Moon-soon said on February 17 that he is pondering a proposal to co-host the Games with North Korea.

"The U.S. and (South Korea) agreed to deconflict the timing of the spring exercises in order to provide the best possible conditions for a successful Olympics and Paralympics", the public affairs office said in a statement.

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert speaks during a briefing at the State Department in Washington file
State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert speaks during a briefing at the State Department in Washington file

Both the South and North appear to be tip-toeing around these issues during the period of the Pyeongchang Olympics, he said.

"The South Korean and the US government together announced that the joint exercises have been postponed based on Olympic spirit", Song said at a meeting of the National Assembly's National Defense Committee.

Ivanka Trump's planned visit to South Korea later this week could include far more than attending the closing ceremony of the Winter Olympics.

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The uneasy peace the US, North Korea, and South Korea observed over the course of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics doesn't look built to last, as military exercises will begin shortly after the games.

The US and South Korea announced on Tuesday that drills would resume after the Olympics.

U.S. Forces Korea, which oversees the 28,500 servicemembers stationed in the South, also reiterated the drills will be held as planned.

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The "hard-won atmosphere for reconciliation and cooperation between the north and the south was spoilt in a moment" when joint military drills were held in the past, the commentary added.

However, North Korea took advantage of its high-level delegation's visit to invite the South Korean president, Moon Jae-in, to visit Pyongyang and participate in the first inter-Korean summit of leaders in more than 10 years.

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