Scope of Drills Unchanged Amid Preparations to Summit With Kim – Pentagon

Scope of Drills Unchanged Amid Preparations to Summit With Kim – Pentagon
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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The extent of US-South Korea military drills has not changed amid preparations for the summit between US president Donald trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un next month, Department of Defense spokeswoman Dana White said in a press briefing on Thursday.

“The scope of our exercises has not changed, White told reporters. “I won’t be able to speak to specific details, but our exercises are annual, they’ve been long standing, they’re defensive in nature and they will continue. These are alliance decisions.”

Earlier in May, North Korea unilaterally decided to suspend high-level inter-Korean talks over the drills conducted jointly by Washington and Seoul.

READ MORE: Seoul Regrets Pyongyang’s Decision to Suspend High Level Inter-Korean Talks

Despite Pyongyang’s decision, South Korea vowed to continue military exercises with the US, stressing that the drills were not an attack maneuver.

These developments put the upcoming historic US-DPRK summit into jeopardy, though US President Donald Trump noted that North Korea had not notified the US about the cancellation of the Washington-Pyongyang meeting slated for June 12.

On May 11, the United States and South Korea launched their annual air combat exercise. About 100 aircraft are participating in the drills, which will last until May 25.

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