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Pentagon plans US-South Korean war games as soon as Winter Olympics are over

US-South Korean war games will go on after Olympics, Pentagon says ,   By KIM GAMEL | STARS AND STRIPES, January 26, 2018SEOUL, South Korea — U.S. military exercises with South Korea will be held after the Olympics as planned despite a demand for a complete suspension from the North, the Pentagon said.

The planned war games cast a shadow over hopes that the recent détente between the two Koreas may lead to a broader dialogue with the United States after months of saber rattling over the North’s nuclear weapons program.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis reiterated that military options remain at the ready to make sure diplomats have leverage in pressuring Pyongyang to denuclearize…….

Washington agreed to delay them until after the Olympics, which will be held on Feb. 9-25 in the South Korean alpine town of Pyeongchang. Mattis has said they would resume after the March 8-18 Paralympics.

But North Korea, which agreed to participate in the Winter Games as part of rare talks with the South, demanded a complete suspension……..

North Korea has frequently responded to the exercises  and similar drills held by the allies in the fall  with missile tests and a stream of bellicose rhetoric…….

Some 28,500 U.S. servicemembers are based in South Korea, which remains technically at war with the North after their 1950-53 conflict ended in an armistice instead of a peace treaty.https://www.stripes.com/news/us-south-korean-war-games-will-go-on-after-olympics-pentagon-says-1.508583

gamel.kim@stripes.com
Twitter: @kimgamel

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January 29, 2018 - Posted by | USA, weapons and war

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