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The Pentagon announced on Monday that despite the recent thaw in tensions between the United States and North Korea, the United States, the joint military exercises with the South in the next month.
Minister of defense of Jim Mattis and his South Korean counterpart, Song Toung-moo, agreed to continue with the exercises, known as foal eagle and key Resolve — at “a scale, similarly as in the previous years.”
North Korea has been notified that the schedule “, as well as the defensive nature of the annual exercises”.
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Earlier this month, Reuters reported that a spokesman for the North Korean foreign Ministry said the joint exercises between the United States and the South would harm efforts at reconciliation on the Peninsula, and that the North forced the “meter” of the United States
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“If the United States finally holds joint military exercises, while the sanctions on the democratic people’s Republic of Korea], the DPRK against the United States by their own mode of counteraction, and the US is made responsible for the ensuing consequences,” the spokesman said.
The time of the annual military exercises are especially sensitive this year because of increased tensions around North Korea to accelerate the work on a nuclear-armed missile, followed potentially able to reach the United States — is, unexpectedly, the prospects for a diplomatic solution to the nuclear crisis.
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It was widely expected that the joint military exercises would continue, despite the new perspectives for the diplomacy. Some have speculated that the maneuver would be driven back, but the Pentagon said that it would be carried out “in the same scale, scope, and duration” as in previous years.
The larger of the two exercises, foal Eagle, a field training with approximately 11,500 U.S. troops and more than 290,000 South Korean troops, according to a Pentagon spokesman, Navy Lt. Col. Christopher Logan. The other, known as key Resolve, troops with about 12,200 U.S. and approximately 10,000 are from South Korea.
The US has stationed 28,500 troops permanently based in South Korea, and is obliged to defend the agreement, the in the South in the event that he is attacked from the North. The two Koreas are still technically at war because their 1950-53 war ended in a truce, not a peace Treaty.
Fox News’ Tomlinson, Lucas and Paulina Dedaj and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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