Executive Intelligence Review


Washington and Seoul Cancel August Military Exercise

June 19, 2018 (EIRNS)—The United States and South Korea have cancelled Operation Ulchi Freedom Guardian military exercise, previously scheduled for August, while Washington and Pyongyang continue to discuss denuclearization following President Donald Trump’s historic meeting with Chairman Kim Jong-un in Singapore June 12, according to an announcement by Dana White at the Pentagon June 18.

South Korea’s First Vice Foreign Minister Lim Sung-nam told PBS on yesterday that “both Seoul and Washington are on the same page regarding the important issues like the joint military exercises.” He continued,

“having said that, the U.S. was also very clear that, as far as the talks with North Korea go in good faith, we can afford not to have the kind of the military exercises we used to have in the past.”

Lim is in the United States this week for meetings, while North Korean leader Kim Jong-un arrived in China today for two days of meetings.