South Korea decides to scrap annual govt mobilisation drill this year

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South Korea today decided to scrap an annual government mobilisation drill this year as part of a suspended joint exercise with the United States. This was announced by the Ministers of Safety and Defence at a media briefing in Seoul today.

South Korean Presidential office said, the suspension of the combined exercise could facilitate ongoing nuclear talks between North Korea and the United States.

However, the Defence Minister said, the military will carry out planned standalone drills this year and decide on joint exercises through close consultations with the US. The drill, called the Ulchi exercises, usually takes place every August in tandem with the joint Freedom Guardian military drill with the United States.

Seoul and Washington had said last month that they would halt the joint exercise after US President Donald Trump pledged to end war games following his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore.

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