U.S.-South Korean military exercise to proceed: top South Korean official

July 22, 2019


ASPEN, Colo. (Reuters) – A top South Korean official on Saturday said a U.S.-South Korean military exercise would go ahead as planned next month, denying Pyongyang’s charges that holding it would breach an agreement made between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

“The nature of the exercise is not offensive … and is for strengthening the alliance,” Choi Jong-kun, the secretary for peace planning to South Korean President Moon Jae-in, told the Aspen Institute’s annual strategic forum.

Later, speaking with Reuters, Choi said next month’s exercise would largely involve computer simulations and not troops in the field.

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