Analyst Believes South Korea Will Look for Indefinite Postponement of Joint Military Exercises

The Moon administration asking to do this is a definite possibility, but I would be surprised if the US government agrees to an indefinite suspension.  The joint exercises are a key part of maintaining combined readiness on the Korean peninsula.  I guess we will see if Key Resolve gets cancelled because it has already been delayed, but cancelling all joint exercises indefinitely I just don’t see happening:

Sue Mi Terry

South Korea could push to indefinitely postpone joint military exercises with the United States in exchange for North Korea taking steps to denuclearize, a U.S. expert said Tuesday.

The allies earlier agreed to suspend the annual drills for the duration of the PyeongChang Winter Games. North Korea views the exercises as an invasion rehearsal and has protested with various provocations in the past.

Sue Mi Terry, senior fellow for Korea at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said the liberal administration of South Korean President Moon Jae-in could seek to extend the suspension and bring the U.S. and North Korea together for denuclearization negotiations.

“(The South Korean government wants) to make sure that this opening with North Korea over the Olympics leads to something and leads to perhaps U.S.-North Korea dialogue,” she told a press briefing, referring to Pyongyang’s recent agreement to participate in the Games.

“So they’re going to try very hard,” she added, “and if they cannot give concessions on the sanctions front, they have to give something, because North Korea will demand it. So I’m a little bit concerned that the Moon government might actually push for the postponement of joint military exercises.”  [Yonhap]

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I am a US military veteran that has served all over the world to include in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Korea. I have been blogging about Korea, Northeast Asia, and the US military for over 10 years.

4 Comments

  1. I think many of us saw this coming.
    Now that KJU knows we can’t pull off a Libia or Iraq he drives the train.

  2. When your partner is stepping out on you like this…it only ends one way. Divorce.

  3. If that happens the US needs to pack up immediately and leave. Again, if South Korea wants to rejoin the north why should we stand in their way. Pretty obvious at this point South Korea would rather surrender is system of government to reunify. America has wasted 60+ years trying to protect Korea so they can have a decent way of life but South Korea wants to throw that all away for the promise of a unified peninsula regardless of the cost.

  4. They’ve taken these past 30+ years of prosperity for granted. 30 years a slave might do them some good.

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