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    US to Continue Routine Defensive Drills With Allies After South Korea Olympics

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    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The United States and its allies will continue conducting routine defensive exercises near the Korean peninsula after the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea, a senior US administration official told reporters.

    "At the end of the Olympics and Paralympics, it’s only natural that our routine defensive exercises will resume," the official said on Tuesday.

    In early January, US President Donald Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in reached an agreement to halt joint military exercises during the Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang.

    In this June 4, 2010 file photo, Kim Jong-nam, the eldest son of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, waves after his first-ever interview with South Korean media in Macau, China
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    The situation on the Korean peninsula has been tense in the past year as North Korea continued to conduct nuclear and ballistic missile tests, while the United States amassed troops and military equipment as well as organized military exercises in close proximity of North Korea.

    The UN Security Council has introduced multiple rounds of sanctions against North Korea aimed at hampering the development of the country’s nuclear program.

    Meanwhile, Seoul and Pyongyang earlier reached a historic agreement on holding the third ever summit of the countries’ leaders in late April. US Vice President Mike Pence however ruled out on Tuesday any change in US' firm position on North Korea until Pyongyang takes concrete steps to give up its nuclear programme.


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